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Submission + - WSJ: NSA Drowns in Useless Data, Impeding Work, Former Employee Claims (

An anonymous reader writes: "Some of the documents released by Mr. Snowden detail concerns inside the NSA about drowning in information. An internal briefing document in 2012 about foreign cellphone-location tracking by the agency said the efforts were "outpacing our ability to ingest, process and store" data.

"In March 2013, some NSA analysts asked for permission to collect less data through a program called Muscular because the "relatively small intelligence value it contains does not justify the sheer volume of collection," another document shows.

"In response to questions about Mr. Binney's claims, an NSA spokeswoman says the agency is "not collecting everything, but we do need the tools to collect intelligence on foreign adversaries who wish to do harm to the nation and its allies."

Some of this may be behind a paywall, but if approached via EU papers WSJ sometimes allows access to "World News" articles w/o subscription

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WSJ: NSA Drowns in Useless Data, Impeding Work, Former Employee Claims

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