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850 Billion NSA Surveillance Records Searchable By Domestic Law Enforcement 207

onproton (3434437) writes The Intercept reported today on classified documents revealing that the NSA has built its own "Google-like" search engine to provide over 850 billion collected records directly to law enforcement agencies, including the FBI and the DEA. Reporter Ryan Gallagher explains, "The documents provide the first definitive evidence that the NSA has for years made massive amounts of surveillance data directly accessible to domestic law enforcement agencies." The search engine, called ICREACH, allows analysts to search an array of databases, some of which contain metadata collected on innocent American citizens, for the purposes of "foreign intelligence." However, questions have been raised over its potential for abuse in what is known as "parallel construction," a process in which agencies use surveillance resources in domestic investigations, and then later cover it up by creating a different evidence trail to use in court.
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850 Billion NSA Surveillance Records Searchable By Domestic Law Enforcement

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  • by AHuxley ( 892839 ) on Monday August 25, 2014 @08:19PM (#47752883) Journal
    You saw the DEA do it with phone call records. [] Sept 4 2013
    ".... to place its employees in drug-fighting units around the country. Those employees sit alongside Drug Enforcement Administration agents and local detectives and supply them with the phone data from as far back as 1987.""
    Thats just one tiny project with once set of data.
    Water news []
    Power news []
    Thats just for one classic storage site thats in the news a lot.
    Re So what would it really take to put this sort of thing together?
    "The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control" 11 July 2014 []
    "At least 80% of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the US, says whistleblower William Binney – that's a 'totalitarian mentality'"
    Should give an average reader an idea of the US internal scale to store, track, index, search, voice print, call to, call from, other numbers, work back from hops surrounding people of interest.
    ie well funded, all of the USA, over years, aspects of calls stored for years ready to be found in storage if seen at a protest, near a protest or near a person who was near a person at a protest.
    ie you just need a lot of tame Room 641A like access []
  • Re:ICREACH? (Score:5, Informative)

    by aralin ( 107264 ) on Monday August 25, 2014 @09:10PM (#47753237)

    I lived through it in a socialist state on the other side of the iron curtain, so don't tell me I don't understand it. I've experienced "Chilling Effect" or "auto-censorship" as we used to call it first hand.

    But I am telling you that this is not going to happen here, because the government is making extra sure that it doesn't. First amendment violations are simply sacrosanct, because the first amendment is the best tool of population control. There is an extremely powerful lullaby in effect: "We still have free press and if something really bad happened, the government would first have to stomp on the free press. As long as that is there, we are safe."

    What I am telling you is that a total population control can be reached without affecting the free speech in any way whatsoever, which is so much worse than any chilling effect.

  • by Taco Cowboy ( 5327 ) on Tuesday August 26, 2014 @05:42AM (#47754929) Journal

    America has turned into a police state and you guys are laughing

    I, as an American, find it very hard to swallow the hard fact that my country is no longer the Land of the Free nor Home for the Brave

    With 850 Billion (and growing) dossiers to search, anyone in any of the so-called law enforcement agencies get to pry open things that they are not supposed to know, maybe even things that have been erroneously included in the dossier
    ... and you are laughing !!

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