Thursday, May 11, 2006

Social Networks to catch criminals

The USA Today has an article which brings to light some of information regarding the so-called “Illegal Wiretaps” being conducted by the NSA. This is not your typical “Wiretap” where there is a human listening to your phone conversations.

This is a massive collection of data being analyzed from many different perspectives looking for social networks. These social networks can be scored to identify the likelihood of someone having a connection to a terrorist.

The technology is fascinating and can be used to save lives. This may be one of the greatest law enforcement innovations of the decade. It is too bad the media is spinning this as an invasion of our privacy.

"It's the largest database ever assembled in the world," said one person, who, like the others who agreed to talk about the NSA's activities, declined to be identified by name or affiliation. The agency's goal is "to create a database of every call ever made" within the nation's borders, this person added.

The data are used for "social network analysis," the official said, meaning to study how terrorist networks contact each other and how they are tied together.

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