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  •  But not necessarily resolved!? (8+ / 0-)

    It sounds like the technological problems were identified.

    More like acknowledged I suspect.

    •  Who knows? (3+ / 0-)

      They claim that Holder renewed the program with the FISA court after "new safeguards" were put in place.

      Here's an alleged source of the problem:

      Officials would not discuss details of the overcollection problem because it involves classified intelligence-gathering techniques. But the issue appears focused in part on technical problems in the N.S.A.’s ability at times to distinguish between communications inside the United States and those overseas as it uses its access to American telecommunications companies’ fiber-optic lines and its own spy satellites to intercept millions of calls and e-mail messages.

      One official said that led the agency to inadvertently "target" groups of Americans and collect their domestic communications without proper court authority. Officials are still trying to determine how many violations may have occurred.

      How you sort those out is beyond my technical knowledge (most things are) but given the secrecy of the whole program, nonobdy is going to know what's going on for a looooooong time.

      "Unseen, in the background, Fate was quietly slipping the lead into the boxing glove." P.G. Wodehouse

      by gsbadj on Thu Apr 16, 2009 at 05:30:37 AM PDT

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      •  It's difficult for a certain type of character (3+ / 0-)
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        to open a Playboy magazine and not look at the photos.

        Who does the layout and who does the editing? Who is the publisher and what are his or her intentions? Does it matter much if and when the ownership changes if the market opportunity remains the same?

        The supply and the demand for secrets is not going to change.

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