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  •  I think that the Snowden doc on "Tempora" (11+ / 0-)

    contained a big clue about that.  

    They have a system named "Tempora" that grabs everything, absolutely everything including voice and video, and has the capacity to store it for a short period of time.

    Snowden claimed the two principal components of Tempora are called "Mastering the Internet" and "Global Telecoms Exploitation". The aim of each, according to Snowden, is to collate online and telephone traffic.[3] Data utilised by Tempora is extracted from fibre-optic cable communications, and processed. Data is preserved for three days while metadata is kept for thirty days.[1] It is alleged that GCHQ produces larger amounts of metadata than NSA. By May 2012 300 GCHQ analysts and 250 NSA analysts had been assigned to sort data.[3] About 850,000 people have security clearance to access the data.[1]

    The Guardian claims that no distinction is made in the gathering of data between private citizens and targeted suspects.[3] Tempora is said to include recordings of telephone calls, the content of email messages, Facebook entries and the personal internet history of users. Snowden said of Tempora that "It's not just a U.S. problem. The UK has a huge dog in this fight...They [GCHQ] are worse than the U.S."[3]

    They are storing that stuff for a rolling three days for a reason.  The most obvious reason would be that they intend to run analysis on that block of stuff, and to extract things from it for targets of full surveillance and to store what they think is most important.  I'd guess that they would want to store more and more of it as their capabilities increase.  It would not surprise me if Tempora was a pilot program and if the main purpose of Bluffdale is the US version of Tempora, storing the stuff from the fiber cables going through the US, coming into the US via undersea cables.  It would also not surprise me if there are Tempora systems around the world, current or planned, to handle the big fiber trunks.

    I would guess that the goal is to analyze it more and more thoroughly as time goes on and capabilities increase, to be able to hold it for more time perhaps.

    "Justice is a commodity"

    by joanneleon on Wed Jul 17, 2013 at 06:16:27 AM PDT

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