Facts from IBM
In a quirk of fate, I met someone from IBM who was directly involved
in implementing the wiretapping system that is all over the news. It is much
worse than the news would suggest.
As some have reported, this is definitely not just NSA. The bidding
for the technology to do this project was conducted by members of the FBI and
the CIA. During the proposal process, IBM was told explicitly that they were
to answer questions, not ask them.
One of the most noteworthy comments was that the Government had specified 60
Terabytes of monthly storage for digital versions of conversations. MONTHLY!
At about 11k per call, that is about 6 million conversations per month. (correct
my math if you are better at computers!).
This is enormous.
People in the press are concerned that they are tapping the phones of people
without just cause. What they are really doing is much, much worse.
In reality, they are tapping hundreds of thousands of lines all the time. This
is KGB stuff.
Every call is stored digitally and indexed accurately, creating an archive
that can be used for political purposes in the future. This is not reels of
tape that would require massive effort to file through and might become useless
quickly. It is highly indexed information that is being kept in storage. Two
years from now, they could look into particular phone numbers to check in on
cell and land lines.
It is cell and land lines
They are running filters on every conversation for Farsi and other languages
in real time
This is domestic spying on a massive scale, not just a few wiretaps without
a judge. This should be cause for impeachment.