Big Data Mining With NSA Director Keith Alexander

keith alexanderA snippet from a Foreign Policy piece on NSA chief Keith Alexander reveals the logic at play in our surveillance state:

“He said at one point that a lot of things aren’t clearly legal, but that doesn’t make them illegal,” says a former military intelligence officer who served under Alexander at INSCOM.

When he ran INSCOM, Alexander was fond of building charts that showed how a suspected terrorist was connected to a much broader network of people via his communications or the contacts in his phone or email account.

“He had all these diagrams showing how this guy was connected to that guy and to that guy,” says a former NSA official who heard Alexander give briefings on the floor of the Information Dominance Center. “Some of my colleagues and I were skeptical. Later, we had a chance to review the information. It turns out that all [that] those guys were connected to were pizza shops.”

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  • Anarchy Pony

    Newsflash, humans form relationships with other humans with similar interests, views, and agendas, occasionally those things turn out to be pizza. Film at eleven.

  • emperorreagan

    I’ve eaten lunch at the Au Bon Pain across the street from the J. Edgar Hoover building. Some of the people eating there likely worked for the FBI. Given this interconnecting web, I expect DHS to mail me a gun and a license to shoot people I think are suspicious.

  • BuzzCoastin

    that dude is just plain creepy looking
    and not surprisingly
    his data is bullshit
    but well paid for

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