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  •  So, (none)
    if this statement is correct:
    "The ONLY locations where purely international traffic can be "captured" and hence "examined" by surveillance technolgies is at the international gateway switch, the switch that is directly connected to international cables or satellite links.  Calls entering and exiting those switches are clearly international, but everything on the other side of the switch is digitally combined, so that you could never distinguish the source or destination of the signal from that point forward."

    Then does it not follow that these "international gateway switches" would be the ONLY switches where one could fulfill 1802(a)(1)(B):

    There must be no "substantial likelihood" that the intercepted communications include those to which a U.S. person is a party. §1802(a)(1)(B).

    And if it does so follow, then where is the exclusion that allows interception at any other switches than these?

    ...gleefully connecting dots since 1966 scratch

    by arbortender on Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 07:23:35 AM PST

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    •  I think you've hit the nail on the head (none)
      If they claim that they have only been tapping international calls, incoming or outgoing, then they would have to be plugging in only to the gateway switches.  There is no other way to ensure that domestic calls are not included.  I haven't seen any specifics as to how or where the surveillance has been carried out, but I'd be very interested to find out.

      So this is how liberty dies, with thunderous applause -- Padme

      by dnta on Wed Jan 04, 2006 at 09:16:20 AM PST

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