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  •  Wasn't what NSA said at the hearing contradicted (14+ / 0-)

    The influence of the [executive] has increased, is increasing, and ought to be diminished.

    by lysias on Wed Jul 31, 2013 at 12:47:53 PM PDT

    •  Looking into that (8+ / 0-)


      "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

      by Joan McCarter on Wed Jul 31, 2013 at 01:02:34 PM PDT

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    •  Definite contradiction (5+ / 0-)

      The XKeyScore program sniffs, processes, and stores Americans' content, not just their metadata (email bodies, Facebook chats, etc., are unequivocally content, not metadata).

      Indeed, "metadata" is often a pretty useless excuse when it comes to something like HTTP. A Google search, for instance, is based on a GET request, and the parameters to the GET request are in the HTTP header, which, if treated akin to an email header, is metadata. Low-tech explanation: With many things on the Internet, the metadata is the prize, not the content.  

      As Joan said:

      That's opposed to the letter of the law authorizing the very collection, the sweeping up of data restricted to the relevance of that individual to an active investigation.
      This has gone way beyond phone numbers, and it's gone way beyond metadata (which was never a good excuse to begin with).

      "Yes We Can!" -- Barack Obama

      by Sucker Politics on Wed Jul 31, 2013 at 06:47:50 PM PDT

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    •  Re: Xkeyscore... (4+ / 0-)

      ...Just FWIW, recent job posting for:   Xkeyscore system engineer at Columbia MD

      The Integrated Systems Group of SAIC has a career opening for a Tier 2 XKEYSCORE Systems Engineer, for the Mission Programs Division (MPD), located in Columbia, Maryland...

      This candidate will need to have experience in basic SIGINT technology as well as...

      SAIC is a FORTUNE 500®... company that uses its deep domain knowledge to solve problems of vital importance to the nation and the world, in national security... cybersecurity...The company's approximately 41,000 employees serve customers in the U.S. Department of Defense, the intelligence community, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security...Headquartered in McLean, Va...

      Just one of many similar postings for jobs around Columbia, MD.
      NSA Building $860 Million Data Center in Maryland...

      ...the High Performance Computing Center-2, an NSA-run facility that will be located on base at Fort Meade, which is home to much of the agency’s existing data center operations...

      In addition to the above and to the massive new NSA Utah Data Center,

      There's the San Antonio NSA Data Center:

      SAN ANTONIO - Over the past six years, the National Security Agency has quietly transformed the former Sony chip fabrication plant on the northwest side into a black-box hub of intelligence gathering and data storage...a roughly 94,000-square-foot data center

      But details of the project have been shielded by a level of secrecy that is uncommon even for the NSA...Longtime observers of the intelligence agency say they believe the San Antonio plant has a mission similar to the agency's other new facilities in Georgia and Hawaii, where communications intercepted by NSA are translated and then sent to headquarters in Maryland for analysis...

      Although funding for the projects were part of the Defense budget, and part of the public record...
      However, a San Antonio Express-News examination of funding for major construction projects listed in the Defense Department's budgets from fiscal years 2004 through 2013 found no appropriations for the extensive work at the old Sony plant...)
      Whatever the NSA says it isn't doing may or may not be so--but with all those new data centers, the additional buildings, and expanding existing buildings,   and the expanding work force--they are certainly doing a lot of something.'s impossible to tell how large the NSA has become, even though its buildings occupy 6.3 million square feet - about the size of the Pentagon...

       As massive as that might seem, documents indicate that the NSA is only going to get bigger: 10,000 more workers over the next 15 years; $2 billion to pay for just the first phase of expansion; an overall increase in size that will bring its building space throughout the Fort Meade cluster to nearly 14 million square feet...

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