# Comment: Gee...

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### Gee...

(Of course) O'Reilly seems ready to take the government at their word that the content of the calls is not being saved... but simply wants Rand to 'check'... and sit through more lies in (closed) hearings.

Besides the fact that the answer is right here:
http://www.dailypaul.com/288705/since-2003-those-who-believe...

We can KNOW that this 'no content' claim is absurd on its FACE:
(credit to Mike Rivero / http://whatreallyhappened.com/)

"Let's try a simple calculation. Every day there are three billion phone calls made in the United States. Let us stipulate that the meta-data for that phone call takes 1 kilobyte of data. That is actually a lot, but let's assume the government is being their usual inefficient selves.

To save the metadata for every single phone call going back to the start of this system would take 3 billion calls per day times 1 kilobyte, times 365 days per year, times 7 years. That works out to storage of 7.6 quadrillion bytes of data. Yet it has been announced that the NSA's facility in Utah has a data capacity of a Septillion bytes of data. That is 1,000,000,000 times as much storage than they need for just the meta-data! Even for the government, that is a huge waste, if they are not saving the content of the calls.
Further,
The average length of a telephone call in the United States is 3:15. Sampled at 8000 cps, that creates an mp3 files under 200 Kbytes in size. Together with the meta-data, let's round it up to an even 200K for simplicity sake. Times 3 billion phone calls per day, times 365 days per year, times 7 years, yields a storage requirement for all those saved phone calls of 1,533,000,000,000,000,000 bytes of data. That is 1.5 Quintillion. If we expand it to every phone call in the whole world for every day for those last 7 years, that comes to 6.2 Quintillion bytes needed. Let's add 20% overhead for indexing and organization, and we get 7.4 Quintillion bytes of data.

Even THIS is still just a tiny fraction of the advertised Septillion size of the Utah facility.

There is no question the Utah facility has the capability of saving every single phone call made in the world for the last seven years, with lots and lots of room for something else as well. We may presume that this septillion-sized data center is close to being full, because NSA has started construction on an additional center in Maryland."

You don't build a WAREHOUSE.. to park your car.