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"Boundless Informant" software could show how much metadata NSA's PRISM collects

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After a couple intense days of speculation and troubling reports about what could be contained in the set of data the NSA's PRISM program has gathered, we're getting some actual information on it. Glenn Greenwald from The Guardian, who had first exposed the Verizon call logging side of this, has gotten a look at "Boundless Informant" which is software that details the data collection a bit more.

"Boundless Informant" software could show how much metadata NSA's PRISM collects
According to Greenwald, the data collected is once again focused on metadata (just like the logs collected from Verizon), and PRISM doesn't include the contents of emails, instant messages, or phone calls, but some documents show that IP addresses can be attached to the data. An NSA spokesman told Greenwald that "current technology simply does not permit us to positively identify all of the persons or locations associated with a given communication."

Boundless Informant is used to organize the data, and where it originates. The software shows that 3 billion pieces of information were tracked in the US over a 30-day period ending in March. During that same time, 97 billion pieces of information were collected worldwide, and the most heavily surveilled regions were Iran, Pakistan, Jordan, Egypt, and India. The heat map to the right shows how much various regions around the world are surveilled, with the range going from green to red. 

As you can see, America is a mid-range yellow. Of course, the government has insisted that Americans have not been targeted, although incidental information could have been gathered if an American was somehow connected to a targeted individual. 

source: The Guardian

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posted on 08 Jun 2013, 23:28 2

1. blackice214 (Posts: 165; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)

Damn the us is really collapsing in on itself.

posted on 09 Jun 2013, 01:12 1

2. james004 (Posts: 486; Member since: 15 May 2013)

So they were basically Spying on Pakistan and Iran.
Interesting, they first spy on their facebook and drone-attack them because they didnt like the picture that was posted on facebook.

posted on 09 Jun 2013, 02:41

5. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)

I don't think so, America has been successful with their drone attacks, the only thing is, that it kills way too many innocent civilians in the process. Terrorists live among the civilian population, there was always going to be collateral damage, sadly enough. War is war, what a horrible thing it is.

posted on 09 Jun 2013, 10:17

9. Diazene (Posts: 129; Member since: 01 May 2013)

no, it's like you've even went there, drone attacks mainly target civilians, so terrorists would stop

like killing someone's son to make him stop something

posted on 09 Jun 2013, 12:21 1

11. Beholder88 (Posts: 85; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)

Wow, this makes no sense. You think terrorists think like we do? They are HAPPY if they die, or someone dies for their "Jihad". They die and get their 72 virgins and are supposedly in a better place anyhow. They don't care who lives or dies, it just gives them all the more validation. I've been in the Army for almost 11 years, so don't tell me killing some terrorist's son is going to make him stop attacking us. Something like that would make them all the more likely to attack again.

posted on 09 Jun 2013, 05:55

7. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)

where is China??
Huawei, zte??

posted on 09 Jun 2013, 02:38

4. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)

It's a really sensitive and tough topic with two very strong sides of the argument. On the Pro PRISM side you have protecting the US and parts of the world from dangerous, violent terror attacks that could harm and kill many innocent civilians (Online/Phone spying has stopped various terror attacks in the past) while on the Against PRISM side you have a ferocious circle of paranoia, fear, distrust and the feeling of being watched 24/7 by a government you are meant to trust, which are famous for not being trusted, even by their own people. This program has saved many innocent lives and captured many terrorists in the act of planning out an attack, on the other hand you may have the wrong people with sensitive private information.

posted on 09 Jun 2013, 01:37

3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Hmmm. Looks like the U.S. gets the same level of attention as the People's Republic of China.... Nothing like spying on your citizens. Folks in Russia get less attention from our own alphabet soup agencies.

Is there any doubt the 4th amendment to the US Constitution ceases to exist?

posted on 09 Jun 2013, 10:18

10. Diazene (Posts: 129; Member since: 01 May 2013)

WTF, the US spying on my country, who gave them the f*cking right, they can spy as much as they want on their citizens, but not on us

and I doubt any terrorists are from my country

posted on 09 Jun 2013, 16:56

12. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

Ok so what happens to the Whistle Blower -- Edward Snowden -- who revealed all this?

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 00:32

13. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

He comes down with a fatal case of previously unknown form of avian influenza with a 100% mortality rate? Since he appears to be a lone wolf, there is nothing to be gained by rendition.

posted on 10 Jun 2013, 10:02

14. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 904; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

It was a smart move coming forward or else he would have been one of the nameless in Getmo. It's insane how crazy the government has gotten over the years and we still can't pass a decent bill for background checks or get the veterans disabilities computerized.

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