The (Not So) All-Knowing NSA

Friday, February 14, 2014

Transcript

Last week the Washington Post reported that the NSA collects less than 30% of phone metadata, contrary to the popular perception that all call activity is being gathered en masse. As it turns out, the agency is unable to keep up with the explosion in cell phone use, which raises significant questions about the efficacy and potency of the program. Bob talks with Ellen Nakashima who wrote the story for the Washington Post.

Guests:

Ellen Nakashima

Hosted by:

Bob Garfield

Comments [2]

Mike Strong from Kansas City

LizinOregon gives a good link. Here is another, also at the Empty Wheel:
http://www.emptywheel.net/2014/02/16/keith-alexander-refutes-claims-nsa-doesnt-get-cell-data/

These are hugely more credible than the story by Ellen Nakashima, which frankly outraged me. That Nakashima and the Washington Post (and a few others) should let themselves be used in what is clearly a dis-information campaign by the NSA is shameful. That NPR should have aired this dis-information is shameful and a major reason I make a point of not contributing to NPR stations, as if that were really needed with the large corporate sponsors. The "public" interest has been removed.

Feb. 17 2014 01:26 PM
LizinOregon

It would have been useful to include the evidence that contradicts this NSA claim that they are only collecting 30% of phone calls. Here is a link to an analysis that lays out the reasons to doubt it.

http://www.emptywheel.net/2014/02/08/nsas-latest-claim-it-only-gets-30-of-substantially-all-the-hay-in-the-haystack/

Feb. 15 2014 07:02 PM

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