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+ - U.S. started keeping secret records of international telephone calls in 1992->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 writes: Starting in 1992, the Justice Department amassed logs of virtually all telephone calls from the USA to as many as 116 countries

The now-discontinued operation, carried out by the DEA's intelligence arm, was the government's first known effort to gather data on Americans in bulk, sweeping up records of telephone calls made by millions of U.S. citizens regardless of whether they were suspected of a crime. It was a model for the massive phone surveillance system the NSA launched to identify terrorists after the Sept. 11 attacks. That dragnet drew sharp criticism that the government had intruded too deeply into Americans' privacy after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked it to the news media two years ago.

More than a dozen current and former law enforcement and intelligence officials described the details of the Justice Department operation to USA TODAY. Most did so on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the intelligence program, part of which remains classified.

The DEA program did not intercept the content of Americans' calls, but the records â" which numbers were dialed and when â" allowed agents to map suspects' communications and link them to troves of other police and intelligence data. At first, the drug agency did so with help from military computers and intelligence analysts.

The operation had "been approved at the highest levels of Federal law enforcement authority," including then-Attorney General Janet Reno and her deputy, Eric Holder.

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Comment: Re: Oh, Okay (Score 2) 587

by Quantum gravity (#49414993) Attached to: Hugo Awards Turn (Even More) Political
On the Beach is considered sf by The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.

"Shute's two Australian sf novels remain his best known works of genre interest."
...
"Much closer to the bone is the famous On the Beach (1957), adapted for BBC Radio as On the Beach (1957) and filmed as On the Beach (1959), a Near Future tale (see Holocaust, Post-Holocaust) in which nuclear World War Three eliminates all life in the northern hemisphere, as confirmed by an Australian submarine sent north to trace a mysterious radio message, but finding the Pacific Rim, including San Francisco (see California), entirely desolated."

It's a story concerning the future and the end of the world, clearly sf.

See the whole entry at: http://www.sf-encyclopedia.com...

There is also an interesting entry on Speculative Fiction.

Comment: Re:Seems like more marketing nonsense (Score 1) 216

by Quantum gravity (#48499159) Attached to: How the Rollout of 5G Will Change Everything
"To this end, the 5G solution will not consist of a single technology but rather an integrated combination of radio-access technologies. This includes existing mobile-broadband technologies such as HSPA and LTE that will continue to evolve and will provide the backbone of the overall radio-access solution beyond 2020. But it also includes new complementary radio-access technologies for specific use cases. Smart antennas, expanded spectrum – including higher frequencies – and improved coordination between base stations will all be crucial to fulfilling the requirements of the future" See http://www.ericsson.com/news/1...

Comment: Re:hahaha! (Score 2) 932

by Quantum gravity (#47215143) Attached to: House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

there has been no increase in global temperatures during his entire lifetime.

Please read this Scientific America article, titled "Has Global Warming Paused?": http://www.scientificamerican....
Here is an extract:

'So as a measure of global warming, surface temperatures are not a good yardstick, because the atmosphere can only hold a small percentage of the heat that is trapped, he said.
Rather, the oceans should be the primary barometer of global climate change.
And they are certainly changing. Sea levels are going up "like gangbusters," Willis said'

Comment: Re:Duh (Score 2) 818

by Quantum gravity (#46764801) Attached to: Study Finds US Is an Oligarchy, Not a Democracy
According to the Democracy Index which attempts to measure the state of democracy in 167 countries, Norway comes up on top as the most democratic country in the world, followed by Sweden, Iceland and Denmark. Australia is in 6th place and the US comes in at 21. North Korea is (no surprise here) at the bottom and Russia was recently downgraded to an authoritarian regime.

Comment: Agree (Score 2) 237

I agree. The consequence of odd fonts and excessive padding is less information per page, and you end up scrolling a lot more than with the old design. Another con:
- I find gray text slightly harder to read. Why is text gray and not black? Probably to distinguish a comment from its title which is black.

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