Snowden paperwork reveal how the NSA searches voice calls
The Intercept has launched a brand new doc from Edward Snowden’s cache of presidency information describing how the NSA has been changing voice calls to searchable textual content paperwork for almost a decade. The NSA has lengthy monitored alerts intelligence (SIGNIT) all over the world (as is its main perform), particularly in lively fight zones like Afghanistan and Iraq in addition to in Latin America. Historically, this type of knowledge gathering required that a reside operator pay attention to calls and translate them in actual-time. Nevertheless, the NSA has reportedly developed what it calls “Google for Voice”; an automatic system that gives a tough however key phrase searchable transcription. In response to the paperwork, the NSA has additionally developed analytical packages and complicated algorithms to flag conversations for human evaluation.
What’s extra, these achieve this on an automatic and industrial scale, permitting the NSA to watch bigger quantities of the full SIGNIT visitors inside a given area. Granted, these transcriptions aren’t good — they’re fairly tough in reality — however as NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake defined to The Intercept, “However even when it isn’t one hundred pc, I can nonetheless get much more info. It is extra accessible. I can search towards it. The breakthrough was with the ability to do it on an enormous scale.”
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