December 27, 2013
IT'S JUST PHYSICS:
NSA Struggles to Make Sense of Flood of Surveillance Data (JULIA ANGWIN, Dec. 25, 2013, WSJ)
William Binney, creator of some of the computer code used by the National Security Agency to snoop on Internet traffic around the world, delivered an unusual message here in September to an audience worried that the spy agency knows too much.It knows so much, he said, that it can't understand what it has."What they are doing is making themselves dysfunctional by taking all this data," Mr. Binney said at a privacy conference here.The agency is drowning in useless data, which harms its ability to conduct legitimate surveillance, claims Mr. Binney, who rose to the civilian equivalent of a general during more than 30 years at the NSA before retiring in 2001.
Sure, you can record every word spoken or written by 300 million people, but you'd need 300 million other people to spend every waking moment listening to and reading it all.Posted by Orrin Judd at December 27, 2013 2:37 PM