NSA Quietly Deletes Years Of Illegally Collected Wiretap Data

The National Security Agency (NSA) is scrubbing several years worth of call records swept up in foreign intelligence surveillance wiretaps that it was never authorized to collect - claiming that "technical irregularities" caused the oversight, according to the agency. 

The agency issued a statement Thursday notifying the public that in May it began to delete all so-called "call detail records" (CDRs) collected since 2015. 

CDRs are handed over by telecommunications providers, and contain metadata - including phone numbers as well as the time and duration of phone calls. The actual content of the calls themselves is not monitored by this system. Skype (and therefore Microsoft), however, provides a bit more to the US Government as revealed by Edward Snowden - handing the NSA "buddy lists, credit card data, call records and user account information," and possibly the plaintext inside of messages, according to Arstechnica.

“NSA is deleting the CDRs because several months ago NSA analysts noted technical irregularities in some data received from telecommunications service providers,” said the NSA. “These irregularities also resulted in the production to NSA of some CDRs that NSA was not authorized to receive.”

The revelation comes after an annual transparency report issued by the Director of National Intelligence showed that the NSA collected well over 500 million U.S. call detail records in 2017 — more than three times the number gathered the previous year. 

The NSA said that it is deleting all call detail records gathered since 2015 because it was “infeasible” for the agency to isolate the data it was authorized to receive from the rest of it. The NSA said it notified relevant oversight committees in Congress, as well as the Department of Justice and the independent Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, of the decision. -The Hill

The root cause of the problem has since been addressed for future CDR acquisitions, and NSA has reviewed and revalidated its intelligence reporting to ensure that the reports were based on properly received CDRs,” said the NSA. 

A May transparency report revealed that the NSA collected over 500 million US call detail records in 2017 - over 3x the number gathered in 2016. 

Now let's get a transparency report on Amazon Alexas...


Cognitive Dissonance peopledontwanttruth Fri, 06/29/2018 - 12:44 Permalink

CDRs are handed over by telecommunications providers, and contain metadata - including phone numbers as well as the time and duration of phone calls. The actual content of the calls themselves is not monitored by this system.

I love (intelligence agency) .gov speak. It is so precise.

The information was handed over, not taken. Because it was freely given, they did nothing wrong and simply accepted what was freely offered.

And notice the calls themselves were not 'monitored'. This doesn't mean they were not recorded or stored, just not 'monitored' in real time.

I am not sure if I have ever read the exact meaning of 'metatdata'. The statement above helpfully gives me a few examples such as phone numbers, time and duration. What else EXACTLY is contained in 'metadata'? And how is it used to defend me from all those boogiemen? Think six degrees of separation.

Special attention to "this system". This statement means this particular software did not monitor the phones calls in real time. I am absolutely certain there are other systems that do indeed 'monitor' the phone calls.

Doncha just love it?



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overbet JimmyJones Fri, 06/29/2018 - 13:38 Permalink

"technical irregularities" 

Isnt this the FBI's excuse for the months of Strzok missing texts?

Love the new bullshit terms they come up with like this and like the "matter" instead of the investigation. There must be a new agency in play that we've yet to hear about. The Federal Department of Wordsmiths.

So, the elite intelligence agencies , that openly recruit the worlds top cutting edge tech minds at def con every year, are this technically inept?

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Not Too Important Lanka Fri, 06/29/2018 - 14:10 Permalink

Nothing is deleted. It's all somewhere.

Don't forget Trump has the Montgomery hard drives. He has everything he needs to crash the NWO/Deep State. 

Trump has insurance no President has ever had. Kill him and it's all exposed. 

He can do anything he wants. Let's just hope he does what's right for the majority of us.

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glenlloyd Stan522 Fri, 06/29/2018 - 13:02 Permalink

Instead of the left being unjustifiably angry with Trump over what ever it is that they are mad about. TBH I can't figure out what they're triggered over? So far he's done nothing but keep promises made during the election, and I don't remember anything said about going after certain people (or groups).

At any rate, the left should be angry with the govt over issues like this NSA overzealous call monitoring, then again the left is being steered around like a bunch of idiots by Soros and his ilk.

I think it's funny how they word these things, I think the way they corrected credit card contract language should be applied to government entities. You have to say it in plain language or it's meaningless.

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bowie28 Bastiat Fri, 06/29/2018 - 12:50 Permalink

Slightly OT but maybe not.  Looks like we may soon get some clarification on the Q situation.

Last night Q challenged the MSM to ask Trump about it. 

Seems whoever Q is, they are ready to move to the next stage, whatever that is...


We are waiting for a reporter to ask the ultimate question.
What are they waiting for?
They can end this at any time simply by asking POTUS, right?
We may have to ‘force’ this one.

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