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  •  But they can still collect the calls themselves (2+ / 0-)
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    onionjim, davidincleveland

    Metadata is the stuff they admit to, the stuff that carriers keep anyway.  But all the telephone metadata in the world will fit into one rack.

    Bluffdale, on the other hand, has over 700,000 square feet of data center space.  That's what you want when you are collecting and storing wiretaps on EVERY call from almost EVERY phone. They have, from project GALE, multi-language speaker-independent speech-to-text translation. So they hoover up all of our phone calls (at least on cooperating networks; some local calls are missed), file the digital voice stream, translate to text, and use the text to run a search engine.  Who spoke the words "swordfish" and "Florida Keys" last week?  They can do that search and play back the calls.  This hyper-intrusive bulk monitoring is not apparently being covered, since they don't openly admit to it.  But nod wink everyone who knows the score knows about it.

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