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Submission + - NSA Admits Searching "3 Hops" from Suspects

cpitman writes: In a house hearing Wednesday the NSA admitted that it could query not only a suspect's records, but also perform up to a "three hop query". Considering that most people in the world are separated by under 6 degrees of separation, the NSA essentially claims that any single suspect gives them rights to investigate a chunk of the world's population.

With the terror watch list having over 700,000 names, just how many times has Kevin Bacon been investigated?
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NSA Admits Searching "3 Hops" from Suspects

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Marvelous! The super-user's going to boot me! What a finely tuned response to the situation!