NSA tracks cellphones, maps movements around world

  • Article by: Barton Gellman and Ashkan Soltani , Washington Post
  • Updated: December 4, 2013 - 9:46 PM

Agency’s massive powers collect 5 billion records a day and can locate individuals and map their relationships.

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skipmachDec. 4, 1310:21 PM

Say it isn't so! You mean they know I call my wife every night when I leave work, when I talk to my sons, order Papa murphy's pizza and even when I converse with my big brother???? I'm afraid, I'm very afraid...they're wasting their time and energy :-)

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cootoriginalDec. 5, 13 1:16 AM

Nobody's forcing me to use my phone. If I didn't want them looking into my overly boring life, then I wouldn't use a phone. There was a time when people actually socialized without these things...in person.

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beveryafraidDec. 5, 13 6:10 AM

The extent to which this government fears hirsute swarthy people continues to astonish.

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saoirseDec. 5, 13 6:15 AM

All this and they just can't seem to find any alleged terrorists. Maybe they need to set their sights on the terrorists working in the banks, the corporations and the political power centers. Betcha this comment doesn't pass the censors because God knows we can't have the peons getting a whiff of a little "truthiness" in this country. They might start getting ideas.

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RankenFyleDec. 5, 13 7:29 AM

And the more you try to protect your privacy, the higher your profile and scrutiny becomes. At what point will this information be used against us? Does anybody trust the people collecting this information, or the people who will have control of it next year, 5, 10 or 50 years from now?

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pitythefoolsDec. 5, 13 7:42 AM

I can see how this will help in court cases, verifying at least where someone's phone was during a crime, although like now illegal photo-cops it doesn't prove you were in possession of the phone. But terrorists? Tony Soprano and his guys knew enough to keep buying throw-away phones, over 10 years ago. Would people planning something truly nefarious not know to do the same thing? Seems like a giant waste of money to me.

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jd55604Dec. 5, 13 8:06 AM

But they're not listening in on our conversations word for word so that's ok. Our government is out of control.

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davehougDec. 5, 1311:54 AM

I personally would trade a LOT of my boring privacy if they could tell me where I left my keys :)

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IHATELOGINS0Dec. 14, 13 5:07 PM

What a colosall waste of taxpayer money. Time to starve the beast!

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