Feb 24, 2006
Only All The Meatballs Are Enough
Every single electronic communication is being collected and stored - or is targeted for such eventual capture. That means every electronic communication. At a bare minimum the forensic trace evidence of each and every electronic communication is being collected and stored for good. At most the actual exhaustive contents of each volley of electronic communication is being collected and stored.
We are not speaking of data mining per se here - that is an entirely different matter albeit one that stands to make productive use of this CATCH ALL program . We are speaking of a Manhattan Project type effort to collect and store ALL communications within the United States for present and future exploitation.
What has been publicly exposed to date are various forms of dubious data mining activities and fuzzy-legal snoopings into the communications of domestic subpopulations of relatively limited size. These activities however represent only a minute fraction of the scope of the real stinker that belies these surface ripples. More tomorrow.