I've been thinking about a question which has been burning itself in my brain for a while and have to ask somewhere, so I guess this is a good of a place as any.
Why, in all the current NSA spying programs talk among our leaders (elected federal officals) and among all the well schooled journalists across america, is no one is discussing the NSA splitting closets installed at key Internet backbone endpoints across the USA?
These closets located in rooms inside of big privately owned (AT&T) Internet switching centers are under lock and key of the NSA and contain equipment which receives a split copy of the Internet traffic of flowing through these key Internet junctions. There are quite a few of these closets and they've been installed for a while (at least six years, possibly more).
And with the recent talk of the NSA Prism program, government leaders, journalists, and private business (Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook) claim that only a small amount of data is handed over to the NSA. What, what, what?
Why do the afore mentioned groups continually fail to mentioned the huge pile of data copied directly at Internet junctions which is parsed and sent to NSA server farms? Then NSA contractors write software to search through and categorize all this data. Why do these people think they need to build a huge new data facility in Utah?
Because they are running of space to store all this data, obviously. Do they really think that the NSA needs a new multibillion dollar facility just to store phone numbers, and times? No, they are storing a lot more data than that. The FBI's Carnivore program (which attempts to siphon off and store Internet emails with content and attachment) still exists, just under a different name and is operated by a Boeing subsidiary.
And finally, putting the phone issue aside to say no one is looking or reading at your email or your Internet text/voice chats, this is very disingenuous. This is a weasel way of hiding what is almost certainly being done. Yes, no one human being at the NSA is reading your emails and chats, that is the job for their custom software running at their server farms. Just because a machine reads your conversations rather than a human doesn't make it any less illegal.