Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 6th Jun 2013 15:33 UTC
Legal "The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America's largest telecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued in April. The order, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian, requires Verizon on an 'ongoing, daily basis' to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the US and between the US and other countries. The document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk - regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing." Hey Americans, welcome to the club. And here we were, afraid of Google!
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To what end?
by Gullible Jones on Fri 7th Jun 2013 02:36 UTC
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No really, how could that much noise be considered useful to any intelligence agency? Wasn't infoglut one of the factors behind the government's failure to prevent 9/11?

Isn't this kind of "intelligence" a complete waste of time, or am I just stupid?

Edit: MIT Tech Review recently had an article on the hazards of reducing everything to data - or, more to the point, reducing things to the wrong data. Very relevant here I think. Perhaps someone needs to be reminded that psychohistory is science fiction, not science.

Edited 2013-06-07 02:38 UTC

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