May 262020
 May 26, 2020  Posted by  Surveillance, U.S.

Barton Gellman has a piece on Wired that is adapted from his book, Dark Mirror: Edward Snowden and the American Surveillance State. Here’s just one snippet:

As I parsed the documents and interviewed sources in the fall of 2013, the implications finally sank in. The NSA had built a live, ever-updating social graph of the US.

Our phone records were not in cold storage. They did not sit untouched. They were arranged in a one-hop contact chain of each to all. All kinds of secrets—social, medical, political, professional—were precomputed, 24/7. Ledgett told me he saw no cause for concern because “the links are unassembled until you launch a query.” I saw a database that was preconfigured to map anyone’s life at the touch of a button.

Read more on Wired.

h/t, Joe Cadillic

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