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Wanna know if you may be a suspect to the NSA? The answer is yes.

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As pointed out by popular tech news-site Slashdot  and originally reported by The Guardian, the NSA just admitted that the agency may do up to “three hop” queries through the massive dataset they gained by spying on pretty much everyone.

The National Security Agency revealed to an angry congressional panel on Wednesday that its analysis of phone records and online behavior goes exponentially beyond what it had previously disclosed.

John C Inglis, the deputy director of the surveillance agency, told a member of the House judiciary committee that NSA analysts can perform “a second or third hop query” through its collections of telephone data and internet records in order to find connections to terrorist organizations.

“Hops” refers to a technical term indicating connections between people. A three-hop query means that the NSA can look at data not only from a suspected terrorist, but from everyone that suspect communicated with, and then from everyone those people communicated with, and then from everyone all of those people communicated with.

To put this into perspective, you might have heard about six degrees of separation – the theory that everyone and everything is six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world, so that a chain of “a friend of a friend” statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps.

Well, that was in an offline world back in the 1960s. In today’s interconnected world, it’s around 4.7 on Facebook and around 3 to 4 on Twitter. So… with a “terror” watchlist of currently around 700.000 names or so… Go ahead, do the math. How are the chances you aren’t a target? Doesn’t matter if you have nothing to hide and have the most boring life on earth – the US government still cares about every fucking move you make.

Or as a commentator so eloquently put it: If a terrorist suspects real-estate agents daughter’s mechanic fixes your car don’t you think the NSA should have that information?

Written by mo

July 18th, 2013 at 11:47 pm

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