NSA Surveillance Program Reaches ‘Into The Past’ To Retrieve, Replay Phone Calls

Posted by | March 18, 2014 12:57 | Filed under: News Behaving Badly Politics Top Stories

The National Security Agency makes it possible to not only record a foreign country’s telephone calls, but also to go back a month in time to review previous calls.

A senior manager for the program compares it to a time machine — one that can replay the voices from any call without requiring that a person be identified in advance for surveillance.

The voice interception program, called MYSTIC, began in 2009. Its RETRO tool, short for “retrospective retrieval,” and related projects reached full capacity against the first target nation in 2011. Planning documents two years later anticipated similar operations elsewhere.

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By: Cheston Catalano

Cheston Catalano is a Kentucky-based journalist whose work has been featured in the Chattanooga Times Free Press and the Clarksville Leaf Chronicle. He is a long-time contributor to Liberaland.

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