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Checking Twitter, Williams, a cybersecurity expert, was dismayed to discover that he had been thrust into the middle of one of the worst security debacles ever to befall U. Williams had written on his company blog about the Shadow Brokers, a mysterious group that somehow had obtained many of the hacking tools the United States used to spy on other countries. Now the group had replied in an angry screed on Twitter. Then the Shadow Brokers astonished him by dropping technical details that made clear they knew about highly classified hacking operations that he had conducted. Whoever wrote this either was a well-placed insider or had stolen a lot of operational data.
An investigation by The Washington Postwhich examined a cache of intelligence reports provided by fugitive NSA contractor Edward Snowden, illustrates my point. The agency is gathering and warehousing enormous amounts of private information, most of it irrelevant because it concerns innocent individuals — mostly foreigners, but some U. But the agency keeps their information anyway. The material Snowden provided was associated with roughly 11, individuals, perhaps half of them Americans.
Of those whose lives were rummaged through, only 11 percent are identified by the NSA as legitimate targets who warrant surveillance.
The Post said the surveillance records it examined included information that led to the captures of a Pakistan-based terrorist bomb-maker and a suspect in an Indonesian bomb attack. Perhaps these cases could have been cracked by means other than mass surveillance. Perhaps not.
My point is not that this surveillance is incapable of helping authorities find and apprehend genuine terrorists. I just believe the snooping should be more targeted — and irrelevant information about innocent people should be quickly erased.
But given the ever-increasing volume of electronic communications around the world, what sense does it make for the NSA to clutter its data banks with information about people who pose no threat? Snowden, too, believes there are legitimate threats and targets. He gave the information to The Post with the understanding that nothing would be published that could harm U. Facebook Twitter .
Eugene Robinson: NSA targets lost in digital clutter?