New Snowden Bombshell 12/4/13: NSA Tracking Cellphone Locations Worldwide, 5 Billion Records Per DaySubmitted by LapHog on Wed, 12/04/2013 - 19:59
Like most of what's being reported, most of us already assumed NSA did this, but that doesn't take away from the significance of the confirmation via the latest WaPo story below.
Big Brother isn't on the horizon; he is here, right now.
The National Security Agency is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world, according to top-secret documents and interviews with U.S. intelligence officials, enabling the agency to track the movements of individuals — and map their relationships — in ways that would have been previously unimaginable.
The records feed a vast database that stores information about the locations of at least hundreds of millions of devices, according to the officials and the documents, which were provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. New projects created to analyze that data have provided the intelligence community with what amounts to a mass surveillance tool.
Of critical note, the article relays the following:
An intelligence lawyer, speaking with his agency’s permission, said location data are obtained by methods “tuned to be looking outside the United States,” a formulation he repeated three times. When U.S. cellphone data are collected, he said, the data are not covered by the Fourth Amendment, which protects Americans against unreasonable searches and seizures.