NSA (National Security Agency) Spied On An Estimated 124 Billion Phone Calls In One Month According To The Guardian And Other Sources

Posted By on October 24, 2013

So….. Is the United States the new bully of the world? It’s an interesting question. 

We have talked in the past about In-Q-Tel, the CIA partnership with new upstart companies, and how many of these companies deal with computer  communications encryption software and related type stuff…..Here is the www.iqt.org mission statement from their website.

The IQT Mission

We identify, adapt, and deliver innovative technology solutions to support the missions of the Central Intelligence Agency and broader U.S. Intelligence Community.

An by the way, they list their portfoolio of companies, and the areas in which they’re working in. Here is one specific area:

Analytics & Infrastructure

The Advanced Analytics and Infrastructure practice is focused on technologies that provide enhanced analytic capabilities while also addressing increased demand for computing resources. IQT is identifying technologies that make it easier to deploy, provision, and secure IT systems, and tools to facilitate information discovery, detect trends and patterns, uncover relationships, and put global events in context.

Now on to our story at hand……The NSA

According to top-secret documents released by multiple news outlets, the National Security Agency recorded information on more than 124 billion phone calls during a 30-day period earlier this year, including around 3 billion calls from the U.S..

The Guardian:  Documents revealing details about the NSA’s Boundless Informant program show that information regarding billions of phone calls and computer communications was collected by the agency from across the world.

According to the Guardian, which first reported on the top secret program earlier this year, Boundless Informant “allows users to select a country on a map and view the meta data volume and select details about the collections against that country’.” Multiple leaked screenshots of the Boundless Informant program show that information on around 124.8 billion phone calls were collected in just 30-days this year, according to documents released by the Guardian and other news sites.

The documents provide a window into the sheer volume of data being collected by the NSA as late as March of this year, according to the Guardian.

The NSA’s data collection effort were compiled from the multiple sources and organized on Wednesday by members of intelligence website Cryptome, which regularly publishes government documents and other information.

Much of the information recorded by the NSA appears to have originated in the greater Middle East.

The majority of the calls monitored by the NSA appeared to have come from Pakistan and Afghanistan, where 13.76 billion and 21.98 billion calls were collected over the time period, according to the Boundless Informant “heat map” (click on blue to view) revealed by the Guardian.

Boundless Informant appears to have collected information from hundreds of million calls traced back to Germany in a single 30-day-period, according to documents published by Der Spiegel Online.

Spain accounted for another 61 million and Italy for 46 million, according to the published screenshots and tallies posted to Cryptome.

France’s Le Monde newspaper alleged this week that the NSA recorded more than 70 million phone calls through January of this year. However, U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper immediately rejected the claim.

Another 97 billion bits of information were pulled by the NSA from global computer networks, according to the map and original story by the Guardian.

Here is a little background on the NSA……Courtesy of Wikipedia.

The main NSA headquarters and operations building is what James Bamford, author of Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret National Security Agency, describes as “a modern boxy structure” that appears similar to “any stylish office building.” The building is covered with one-way dark glass, which is lined with copper shielding in order to prevent espionage by trapping in signals and sounds. It contains 3,000,000 square feet, or more than 68 acres (28 ha) of floor space; Bamford said that the U.S. Capitol “could easily fit inside it four times over.

On January 6, 2011 a groundbreaking ceremony was held to begin construction on NSA’s first Comprehensive National Cyber-security Initiative (CNCI) Data Center, known as the “Utah Data Center” for short. The $1.5B data center is being built at Camp Williams, Utah, located 25 miles (40 km) south of Salt Lake City, and will help support the agency’s National Cyber-security Initiative. It is expected to be operational by September 2013. Hmm…….

Sources: The  Guardian, Wise Dog Research, Wickipedia

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