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The NSA Makes 600,000-Plus Database Queries Every Single Day

Posted By admin On August 19, 2013 @ 4:30 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

Kevin Drum
Mother Jones [1]
August 19, 2013

On Thursday, [2] after reading that the NSA violated its surveillance rules 865 times in the first quarter of 2013, I wondered how big a percentage that was. On Friday, they provided an answer: [3]

The official, John DeLong, the N.S.A. director of compliance, said that the number of mistakes by the agency was extremely low compared with its overall activities. The report showed about 100 errors by analysts in making queries of databases of already-collected communications data; by comparison, he said, the agency performs about 20 million such queries each month.

Holy crap. They perform 20 million surveillance queries per month? On the bright side, if you assume that their internal auditing really does catch every “incident,” it means they have a violation rate of about 0.001 percent. On the less bright side, they perform 20 million surveillance queries per month.

That’s genuinely hard to fathom. Is some of that automated? Or is that truly 600,000-plus human queries each and every day? The mind boggles.


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URLs in this post:

[1] Mother Jones: http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2013/08/nsa-surveillance-database-queries

[2] On Thursday,: http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2013/08/nsa-surveillance-violations

[3] they provided an answer:: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/17/us/nsa-calls-violations-of-privacy-minuscule.html?_r=0

[4] N.S.A. Calls Violations of Privacy ‘Minuscule’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/n-s-a-calls-violations-of-privacy-minuscule.html

[5] “Buy A Gun” Google Queries Hit All Time High, And Other Off The Grid Economic Indicators: http://www.prisonplanet.com/buy-a-gun-google-queries-hit-all-time-high-and-other-off-the-grid-economic-indicators.html

[6] No More Privacy: Smart Meters Are Surveillance Devices That Monitor The Behavior In Your Home Every Single Minute Of Every Single Day: http://www.prisonplanet.com/no-more-privacy-smart-meters-are-surveillance-devices-that-monitor-the-behavior-in-your-home-every-single-minute-of-every-single-day.html

[7] NSA whistleblowers: Government spying on every single American: http://www.prisonplanet.com/nsa-whistleblowers-government-spying-on-every-single-american.html

[8] ‘Big Brother’ warning over Government database that records EVERY phone call and e-mail in Britain: http://www.prisonplanet.com/big-brother-warning-over-government-database-that-records-every-phone-call-and-e-mail-in-britain.html

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