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  •  And there's "conflicting info" via WaPo on 6/15... (4+ / 0-)
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    Mr Robert, allenjo, Eric Nelson, KenBee

    Article includes a description of 3 more of the data and live communications (landline and cellphone and internet) collections programs, above and beyond "PRISM"...

    U.S. surveillance architecture includes collection of revealing Internet, phone metadata
    By Barton Gellman
    Washington Post
    June 15, 2013

    On March 12, 2004, acting attorney general James B. Comey and the Justice Department’s top leadership reached the brink of resignation over electronic surveillance orders that they believed to be illegal.

    President George W. Bush backed down, halting secret foreign-
    intelligence-gathering operations that had crossed into domestic terrain. That morning marked the beginning of the end of STELLARWIND, the cover name for a set of four surveillance programs that brought Americans and American territory within the domain of the National Security Agency for the first time in decades. It was also a prelude to new legal structures that allowed Bush and then President Obama to reproduce each of those programs and expand their reach.

    What exactly STELLARWIND did has never been disclosed in an unclassified form. Which parts of it did Comey approve? Which did he shut down? What became of the programs when the crisis passed and Comey, now Obama’s expected nominee for FBI director, returned to private life?

    Authoritative new answers to those questions, drawing upon a classified NSA history of STELLARWIND and interviews with high-ranking intelligence officials, offer the clearest map yet of the Bush-era programs and the NSA’s contemporary U.S. operations.

    STELLARWIND was succeeded by four major lines of intelligence collection in the territorial United States, together capable of spanning the full range of modern telecommunications, according to the interviews and documents...
    ...

    ...Two of the four collection programs, one each for telephony and the Internet, process trillions of “metadata” records for storage and analysis in systems called MAINWAY and MARINA, respectively. Metadata includes highly revealing information about the times, places, devices and participants in electronic communication, but not its contents. The bulk collection of telephone call records from Verizon Business Services, disclosed this month by the British newspaper the Guardian, is one source of raw intelligence for MAINWAY.

    The other two types of collection, which operate on a much smaller scale, are aimed at content. One of them intercepts telephone calls and routes the spoken words to a system called NUCLEON...

    "I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong." --Katharine Graham

    by bobswern on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 11:13:32 AM PDT

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    •  software surveillance not 'intrusive' and need no (0+ / 0-)

      warrant is my bet....the SoftMachine™

      The electronically/software surveilled content can be flagged for attention of a human 'with a warrant' and we don't know if any of the secret FISA court rulings have said that or not, but it would match the general outline from the bacobits we have been following.
          That's my guess, and you have added the part about the voice recognition programs being widely used on Wall Street...add that to the 'needs no warrant, not intrusive' machine surveillance SoftMachine.

      It is all weasel words all the time..the Slow Reveal™.

      At a national level, this doesn't concern me as much as The Next Step which is the local PD getting it's hands on all this stuff, access being run thru, both directions thru the Fusion Centers.

      Yesterday there was a link in the blizzard of material here about the thousands and thousands of requests from local pd for criminal...oh, wait, 'serious' criminal activity. And the way stuff is being parsed at the national level there is every reason to believe that these Fusion Centers are going to be the new overlords. Watch for more on this aspect, we are still at the Red Herring/Squirrel! stage of the event.

      This machine kills Fascists.

      by KenBee on Tue Jun 18, 2013 at 04:00:01 PM PDT

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