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The NSA Still Wants to Spy on All Americans, But Willing to Store Stolen Data at Neutral Site

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Official portrait of NSA director Keith B. Ale...

Official portrait of NSA director Keith B. Alexander. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The National Security Agency isn’t about to stop collecting billions of phone records in bulk, but Director Keith Alexander …does think he has a new way to go about retaining that data.

  Alexander told a cyber-security forum this week that the  intelligence gathered by way of the government’s court-approved  program, which collects phone metadata in bulk, might be better  off stored in a neutral location, and not one so strictly tied to  his top-secret agency.

I believe it is in our nation’s best interest to put all this  phone data into a repository where you, the American people, know  what we are doing with it,” Alexander said at Tuesday’s  event, hosted by Politico.

I’m open for greater transparency. I’m open for where we put  the data,” he said.

  As TechDirt’s Tim Cushing was quick to point out, however:   “That would be all well and good, except for the fact that the  data itself comes from ‘neutral’ sites, or at least sites that  were neutral before  they were approached by the government.”

Indeed, the millions of phone records compiled daily from major  telecommunication providers have — as far as we’ve been told, at  least — never originated out of NSA facilities. Rather, the  government has relied on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance  Court-authorized directives renewed regularly to force those  companies to cough up raw data about who called whom and when  after its recorded by their own systems.

http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2013/10/02/nsa-chief-agency-tested-tracking-us-cellphone-locations/

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Written by voiceoftruthusa

October 14, 2013 at 3:12 am

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