July 3, 2018
I wonder why an organization obsessed with collecting information would be purging information?
The claim that they are concerned about legality almost seems like they’re making a joke.
That the data is corrupted in some vague manner is almost a dumber explanation. What does that even mean? Did it contain trojans?
All things being equal, one would assume they’re worried about a subpoena. Which is generally the reason you find people mass deleting electronic records.
Of course the NSA can’t be subpoenaed. They can, however, be ordered by the President of the United States – a man named Donald J. Trump – to turn over entire databases of illegal spying information that would have the entire phone records of everyone in the country.
The National Security Agency is deleting more than 685 million call records the government obtained since 2015 from telecommunication companies in connection with investigations, raising questions about the viability of the program.
The NSA’s bulk collection of call records was initially curtailed by Congress after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked documents revealing extensive government surveillance. The law, enacted in June 2015, said that going forward, the data would be retained by telecommunications companies, not the NSA, but that the intelligence agency could query the massive database.
lol yeah, true reform.
The telecoms just held the information and sent it all to them. With Vault 7, we know now that the CIA was doing the original thing anyway on an even bigger (or at least more efficient) scale than the Snowden leaks showed the NSA doing.
Nothing is private online, kids.
Now the NSA is deleting all the information it collected from the queries.
The agency released a statement late Thursday saying it started deleting the records in May after NSA analysts noted “technical irregularities in some data received from telecommunication service providers.” It also said the irregularities resulted in the NSA obtaining some call details it was not authorized to receive.
That points to a failure of the program, according to David Kris, a former top national security official at the Justice Department.
“They said they have to purge three years’ worth of data going back to 2015, and that the data they did collect during that time – which they are now purging – was not reliable and was infected with some kind of technical error,” said Kris, founder of Culper Partners, a consulting firm in Seattle. “So whatever insights they were hoping to get over the past three years from this program of collection … is all worthless. Because of that, they are throwing all the data away and basically starting over.”
Definitely a strange move.
Almost like someone’s got a knife to their throat.
Of course, it could be nothing.
Actually, no, really – it would have to be something and it would have to be something other than “oh sorry this was an accident lol my bad delete everything.”
Remember, friends: Pizzagate is real.
And Donald J. Trump knows it.