Thursday, August 23, 2007

NSA wiretaps target fewer 100 US citizens! Oh the humanity!

How can they even keep track of so few wiretaps! It boggles the mind!

Chicago Trib - Previously, few details about the scope of the U.S.-based surveillance program had been made public.

McConnell made the revelation while visiting El Paso for a conference on border security. In the interview, he explained the distinction between court-sanctioned surveillance of Americans and the kind of warrantless surveillance that U.S. officials can conduct under legislation signed into law by President Bush this month.

The new law allows expanded, warrantless eavesdropping on foreigners' calls and e-mails to people in the U.S., as long as the Americans involved are not considered targets of the investigation.

If the U.S. recipient of a call turns out to be a terrorism suspect, authorities would "just get a warrant," McConnell said. He described the number of such cases as "manageable."

"On the U.S. persons side, it's 100 or less," he said. "And then, the foreign side -- it's in the thousands.

"There's a sense that we're doing massive data mining. In fact, what we're doing is surgical," he said. "A telephone number is surgical. So, if you know what number, you can select it out."

So we're "surgically" monitoring thousands of foreign calls, but actual US citizens under surveillance is 100 or less. So if you think the US population is 300 million, 100 is a 0.0000316% of the population that's being monitored.

I still bet that the loony left swears their calls are being listened to.

Really people... grow up... the government really doesn't care about your granola, or patchouli, or your new super green hybrid prius. Stop being so narcissistic. the world doesn't revolve around you.

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