This is getting silly. General Alexander just lied about this to Congress last week. The old NSA tactic of hiding behind a shell game of different code names is failing. It used to be they could get away with saying “Project X doesn’t do that,” knowing full well that Projects Y and Z did and that no one would call them on it. Now they’re just looking shiftier and shiftier.
If you haven’t read the key tag lines for the latest news about the NSA, I can sum it up as such:
- They are preparing to take in 20 billion records a day and having those records ready for analysis in 60 minutes.
- They collect all travel records.
- There was some scary stuff about their social network mapping also.
The bottom line is that the more we learn, the more it is realized that the collection is almost total. The safest assumption is that the NSA can collect everything, with an also safe assumption being that the NSA will eventually be able to crack just about any encryption you put in place. And yet the bickering in congress is over funding health care when this level of spying hurts everyone and most certainly should be debated vigorously.
Hey, Congress, I know where to find you billions of dollars in extra cash…