Friday, May 12, 2006

NSA Has Your Phone Records

USA Today

A massive government database containing the phone records of tens of millions of Americans β€” reported by USA TODAY on Thursday β€” marks the modern intersection of two powerful emerging forces: terrorism and technology.

And the firestorm sparked by disclosure of the National Security Agency project mirrors a debate that dates to the nation's founding, and before, over balancing the interests of the government with the rights of individuals.

"It's an issue of our times β€” a huge issue," said Clayton Northouse, editor of Protecting What Matters: Technology, Security, and Liberty since 9/11, published last month.

I don't have a problem with this as long as it's not actual conversations they have. Just a list of who called who is not that big of a privacy threat in todays world. Plus, I'm sure that the Patriot Act has this covered. NSA has to have some way of connecting the dots from known terrorist to hidden ones and this may be (or may have been) a good method of doing that.

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