The NSA collects 200 million text messages a day

As President Obama tries to calm of the fears of the American people through reforms to the National Security Agency, new reports allege the NSA is collecting almost 200 million text messages a day in ‘untargeted’ global data collection. The Guardian reports the NSA program known as DISHFIRE collects “pretty much everything it can, ” according to GCHQ documents, rather than merely storing the communications of existing surveillance targets.

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“The lead story today is the NSA is collecting metadata and storing it. And the President is going to give a big speech today and say, ‘Don’t worry, here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to make sure that it will never fall into the wrong hands,’” Glenn said on radio this morning. “Mr. President, you are the wrong hands. The NSA is the wrong hands. The FBI is the wrong hands. The government is the wrong hands.”

The Guardian reports on average each day the NSA was able to extract:

• More than 5 million missed-call alerts, for use in contact-chaining analysis (working out someone’s social network from who they contact and when)

• Details of 1.6 million border crossings a day, from network roaming alerts

• More than 110,000 names, from electronic business cards, which also included the ability to extract and save images

• Over 800,000 financial transactions, either through text-to-text payments or linking credit cards to phone users

Glenn couldn’t help but draw parallels between the NSA’s collection of metadata and the Weimar Republic. As he explained yesterday, the registration of guns in the Weimar Republic ultimately led to the confiscation of guns once Hitler rose to power. All of this was done, however, under the guise that the government was looking out for the best interest of the people.

“This is exactly what happened in the Weimar Republic,” Glenn said. “[The government said], ‘We need to just register all of the guns.’ And the Germans said, ‘We’re not going to register all the guns. What happens with that data?’ And they said, ‘Don’t worry. You just register all your guns, and we’ll make sure it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands’… Little did they know, ‘falling into the wrong hands’ meant falling into the hands of the government because the government had a democracy change into Hitler. And then he took [that information], and they went door to door and rounded up all of the guns.”

In the case of the NSA, it’s not who’s holding the data that concerns Glenn, it’s the fact that the data is being held in the first place.

“I’m not concerned of who’s holding this had data. I don’t want anybody holding this data. I don’t want you collecting this data. It shows how clueless, how truly clueless this President is. He really doesn’t get it,” Glenn concluded. “I bet there won’t be a real outcry from Americans because Americans will say, ‘Well, okay, as long as they’re keeping it safe.’ Don’t you understand? To quote Washington: Government is like fire. If you control it, it will keep you warm. If it controls you, it burns everything down.”

Front page image courtesy of the AP

  • Anonymous

    I’m pretty sure there are at least 200 million terrorists roaming around this country. The NSA is just doing their job. Why fuss? Obama and his leftist goons have to round up Tea Party members, disrespect them by calling them teabaggers, and do whatever he feels the need to.

  • Anonymous

    Heard the press conference and was completely dismayed. The man is the same person who said Benghazi was the result of a video; the rest of his administration followed in the lie; this man and administration has buried Fast and Furious; this man lied about Obamacare and his administration followed in the lie; this man reads someone else’s words from a teleprompter. This administration uses the IRS for its purposes to threaten citizens and opposing organizations; this administration has used covert snooping communications and just now promises to investigate. My head is about to explode at the sound of this man’s voice.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    This is just creepy. Why in the hell does the government need to know what I am doing 100% of the time?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    He was clearly lying.

  • Lucas Forde

    How about we get all Obama’s texts about Benghazi, Fast and Furious, IRS, Obama Care, and all his personal and then he gets read all our texts.

  • CrapsDealer

    Obama can’t even lock down all the information on Healthcare.gov.

  • Fat Lip

    Believe it he really means it honest.

  • Anonymous

    When this guy first came on the scene I said “he ain’t nothing but a smooth talking car-salesman” We all know these gents are ever-so-ready to make a tidy commission, these silver-tongued professionals will just about tell you anything, with the exception of something truthful, and mind-you, all that with the ever present friendly smile on their face. Once the deal is done however, they quickly forget who you are.

    After Benghazi, Fast-n-furious, the IRS scandal, which by the way, is being investigated “as we speak” and probably, a host of other shady events, that are just now surfacing publicly, for instance, Purging the US military of all open opposition. Then, who can forget all the hidden tax’s in Obama-Care, that I’m certain, will surprise one and all, especially when our bank accounts are drained.

    Now, after being caught red-handed numerous times, in one Lie after the other, we’re supposed to believe our best interests are in good hands.

  • Anonymous

    January 15, the Times of Israel reported, that there were 13,000 teenage kids who just completed Hamas Suicide Training Camps. But American families planning a vaction to Disney, are somehow suspect.

  • Anonymous

    …that’s what the Mute Button is all about…

  • Anonymous

    Because Sam, you just happen to be an interesting guy..Obama loves you…XOXOXOXOXO

  • Anonymous

    Obama is not clueless. He and the people in his administration know exactly what they want to do. They just will wait until the right time comes and then the American people will not know what hit them. History seems to repeat itself and no one hears the voices who warn about what happened in the past.

  • Jim

    I like that quote. “Fire: if you control it, it keeps you warm. If it controls you, it burns everything down.”

  • landofaahs

    A friend of mine suggested that people randomly insert key words like bomb, terrorism, and all the other words that get the NSA’s attention and overload the system. But I would never do such a thing.

  • ken.

    this is all about the coming race war they are starting so they can step in and round up all of us who refuse to follow and obey the progressive leftists destruction of america and freedom then install their marxist dictatorship.

  • Anonymous

    Liar Liar pants on fire!!! obama is not going to take away any control he has over the American people. I pray the next two years he will be kinda hog tied, if we can manage to take back the Senate. We have to do that – it will be a great start to taking back our White House.

  • Anonymous

    Of course. They might have views antithetical to the Leftist Messiah. That’s a terror threat. Going to Disneyworld instead of staying home and praying to the Leftist God, that’s downright terroristic.

  • landofaahs

    Does anyone know what happened to Snow leopard? I know someone was trying to imitate him/her.

  • Bill Tilghman

    I noticed the absence, but haven’t seen any indications as to why. Whatever the reason may God be with Snow.

  • Bill Tilghman

    I wasn’t surprised by the masses of the left using teabagger to denigrate people, but when the President of the United States did it recently, well, let’s say it didn’t endear him to my heart.

  • Bill Tilghman

    Ken, you are seriously in need of counseling if you really believe that. I do agree that this political situation is bad and going in a bad direction for America, but that marxist revolution/race war stuff is straight from the KKK and people like Charles Manson.

    It is strictly nuttersville and we are nowhere near that YET.

  • Bill Tilghman

    THAT was funny, and a little creepy at the same time ~

  • Bill Tilghman

    One thing is certain – as long as he and his handlers are in charge of US policy we are headed down the wrong road. If Congress does not do something soon to assert their place in US government, and the office of the president isn’t restrained by that, we have three years of tyranny to endure.

    It is pretty clear when he makes statements like, “If Congress won’t act, I will”, that he is one executive order away from dictatorship. This should be a wake up call to everyone. Remember if we all don’t become more involved in our own government, we will be crushed by it. The history of this kind of thing happening with this kind of man at the top (or at least one making the noises this man does) is all too real, and if America is to remain the land of the free we cannot ignore his words.

  • Bill Tilghman

    I couldn’t agree with you more. All the idle talk about impeaching this guy needs to be backed up by Congressional action and it needs to be done soon or we will have no Congress and no America to believe in and fight for.

    I served this nation under Nixon, and I would prefer him over this guy. Nixon was bad, and he lied to the people, but he knew when the show was over and resigned – this guy has no sense of that. For all his flaws Nixon was a man with some degree of morals and a sense of what being American was all about, and all this man in the White House seems to be able to do is either bungle by ineptitude, or destroy by his will all the things that made America the greatest country in the world.

    There are even millions of people trying to get into this place by any means possible, either legally or illegally, because America still holds great promise even under this man, but soon that will all change because of his attitude and history of acting independent of the law. He is doing it with the ACA with his constant changes to the law outside of the Constitution, and he has tipped his hand with his most recent admission that he intends to act on his own if Congress continues to resist him and the direction he wants to take this country.

    WAKE UP CONGRESS! What are you waiting for? He has all but challenged the Congress authority, and they sit fat, dumb and happy like cattle content to graze their way to the packing plant.

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  • Fiji’s Best

    For a brief introduction to the primitive superstitions of socialism, I generally refer people to Igor Shafarevich’s brilliant essay Socialism in Our Past and Future: http://www.savageleft.com/poli/hoc.html

  • ken.

    just look at eric holder, and all the let the minorities do what they want without prosecution, look at the leftist organizations helping with the message, look at the false reverend al sharpton just after he held his counter rally to glenns rally at the national mall when al said in an interview that they needed to meet with the leaders of the minority gangs to use them to counter the conservative uprising. ( not his exact words but it was the exact message he put out. ) the kkk is part of the leftist/marxist/progressive party and charles manson was a long time ago and has no relevance to today. you say we are no where near that yet, so that means you don’t believe it’s nuttersville. you just don’t think it’s in play now.

  • ken.

    look at the irs scandal of going after conservatives, why else would the nsa want to collect out phone calls and emails along with any other communications we do. they are building an enemies list and need an excuse to round us up which the only way they can try to justify a roundup is mass rioting/race war whatever you want to call it. they have a plan if you carefully listen to what they say and watch what they are doing, it makes sense. the leftists want total control and they will stop at nothing to get it. do not dismiss anything they are counting on that. the leftists are the ones who are nuts.

  • ken.

    what about the knockout game which was started on the internet? it was not a game, it was intended to use black youth to cause racial tensions. it was intended to start violence on our streets. it was intended to incite white supremacists to retaliate so the leftists could blame conservatives and whites in general and use the race bait card. remember that most youth groups are part of the leftists community organizing groups and minority outreach programs, this is not by accident or because they actually care.

  • ken.

    the best tool leftists have to stick us with policies from their agenda is to exploit a crisis. the leftists always say ” never let a crisis go to waste, and when there is no crisis create one. “

  • ken.

    look at eric holder now telling schools to not punish black students, what that is intended to do is create a free for all of minority students to get away with anything they want. to empower them to riot. everything the leftists are doing is all about racial inequality to bring about a surge in hatred and violence, and with no fear of prosecution.

  • Anonymous

    You said it in a nutshell…”…we will have no Congress and no America to believe in and fight for.”

    Compared to today’s “politics as usual” Nixon was a saint. He visited China reestablishing relations. We must remember that the Chinese have multiple Billions (w/a B) of citizens, economically, that’s nothing to turn your back on.Militarily we certainly should never take our eye off these commie junkies. But, leave it to fearless (clueless) Obama, not only has he sold us out to China, he’s selling us out to the whole world. Tricky Dick, just happened to be the standing president during a major face-lift of the American psychic. “making peace and not war” has caused more upheaval here at home, than with another foe the mighty American military juggernaut has ever faced. What the destructive back-door-deal and the timely bribe, have accomplished is shocking beyond words, and as you so eloquently describe, our congress idly stands by, like fat heifers waiting for the slaughter.

    Its like experiencing one of those nightmares, that you just can’t wake-up from…trouble is…this isn’t a dream.

  • Anonymous

    I think you’re spot on Ken, there are many just coming around to the reality of what is happening – daily – throughout the corridors of liberal America. I believe bible prophecy backs you up 110%…time will prove you right…don’t back off in your assessment…be that voice of one who cries out in the wilderness of political upheaval – good post(s)

  • Anonymous

    Yes “she” had some problems with hackers, she changed her avatar but didn’t feel safe enough – I talked to her just before one of her last replies said she’d be absent for awhile, but don’t count her out…she’ll be back.

  • Bill Tilghman

    I do not believe that it is any mistake that the people behind this veering left in politics was engineered by the same folks that caused the upheaval in America during the 1960′s and 1970′s. The ones who were the SDS and Weather Underground have been teaching generations since then their warped ideas and it isn’t really any wonder that we now have people voting for candidates that would not have gotten the time of day before the Clinton presidency.

    The fact that many of them are pushing this country toward another even more disastrous Clinton administration is alarming to the extreme. Most of the young voters who elected the current regime into power have no idea of the ramifications of their actions, but eventually they will become all to aware. When they are approaching middle age and can’t depend on a decent standard of living because of the economic disaster this administration has foisted upon them in the name of, “leveling the playing field”, and, “making it fair”, perhaps then they will realize how bad liberal policies really are in contrast to the relative prosperity that existed prior to the Obama administration they brought into being in the name of hope and change. Then they will be without any hope for change.

    We warned them, and they didn’t listen.

  • Bill Tilghman

    Eric Holder should be prosecuted for abusing the power of his office, and so should his boss. These people think they are immune once they leave office. There is a day of reckoning coming, and they will all be shocked upon its arrival.

  • Bill Tilghman

    Not only that but they have really been working overtime to create as much chaos as is humanly possible. We need a Nuremberg trial when this regime is ousted.

  • Bill Tilghman

    I wish we could trace this back to the person or persons who started it. It would be good to identify the instigators.

  • Bill Tilghman

    Absolutely correct in every respect. The left is not going to be in power forever, and when they lose they are going to wish they had never started half of this garbage. I forsee many criminal prosecutions connected to this administration, and there will be literally dozens of defendants named and prosecuted for the abuse of power these people have been engaged in.

    Traditionally the American people don’t care for anyone trying to force them to do things. This time should not be any different.

  • Bill Tilghman

    It’s not that I don’t think crazies are in power and that the world is coming apart, I just know that this will get much worse if we allow it by not acting now.

    I have seen a lot of crazy stuff happen – most of it during Democrat administrations. These people have a natural talent for screwing this republic up and taking power that isn’t theirs to take. The biggest problem I have seen in this era is we have no advocate on behalf of the people and the republic. We need people in Congress and in other capacities to deny the left their goals and stop them from appropriating by force or subterfuge all the things they want. We can’t allow them to succeed any further. Failure isn’t an option.

  • Anonymous

    To bad, but, there may come a time when they might remember hearing that warning voice..that is, when “the level playing field” has flat-lined leaving this nation without a pulse.

    I’ve met numerous individuals who at one time in their life, were liberal, usually during the earlier years shortly after leaving home for college. But as they grew older, childish ways were left far behind, they moved on with their lives, careers, family etc. In short – they grew up. But, more and more, what I’m witnessing is 65 yea old brats, who for some unknown reason, still possess the mindset of a young gullible college student. Today, with parents – even grandparents, influencing our younger generation I feel there is little hope of ever turning this destructive trend around.

    Because of my business, I find myself in the town square quite often, just people watching today, speaks volumes of how different our citizens are from only a generation ago. I have two (conservative) daughters, happily married to conservative gentlemen. I couldn’t be luckier, these guys are truly the sons I never had. Both families have children and both are doing a very good job at parenting…my fear is, when my grandchildren enter into college and must fend off the negativity that is so prevalent, hell, it will probably be much worse then it is now.

  • Anonymous

    You’re looking at this using a rational mind. What you present is logical to the experienced thinker. Unfortunately, the morons now currently in power, can’t see their face in spite of their nose. They really do not have the first clue as to – how to rightly govern a nation – especially a nation such as ours. Then stealthy individuals who’s political ambitions have long been charted enter the fray. The next thing you know, the whole thing is up in flames..literally I agree that if these wolves, who take advantage and prey on the naivete of our youth, aren’t shut down and fast, our nation is history. They must be stopped now, or it’ll be over.

  • ken.

    lets also not forget that the leftists are pushing out all the good military commanders out and replacing them with leftist commanders taking control of our military leadership. changing the rules of engagement in combat not allowing troops to protect themselves causing mass casualties of u.s. troops. the state department pulling security details away from ambassadors in the most dangerous war torn muslim countries while at the same time leaving security details in low risk countries where they are not needed, causing the deaths of 4 people. also not allowing anyone to go in and help them. iran along with several terrorist groups and their comrades from china and russia are moving into central and south america. they are preparing for an attack on the u.s.. russia is now announcing that they are stepping up and building 40 more warships this year with many more to come to take control. china is also building more warships along with getting aggressive in the eastern region. we are going to get it from all sides. the sooner we get the leftists out of control of our government the better chance we have of stopping this. the libertarians have it right when they say to shut down all military bases overseas and all the forces in the middle east and bring our troops home, we are going to need them here. this will also save us a lot of money to rebuild our military resources to counter russia and china.

  • Anonymous

    When a snake oil salesman like obama tell to trust him you better think the opposite !!!! You just look at his broken promises and words where he did the opposite. In the world history the greatest bait and switch scam ever, he promise utopia media care and got snake oil care of higher cost and ration care, in mean time his left hand was in your pocket stealing medical insurance you like at lower cost ! ! Wouldn’t misuse government agency like IRS !!! Tell you and the world and Israel that he would not interfere Israel defending herself against a nuclear threat ,he stab Israel in the back with obama White House leak secret info that Israel plan to use Iran neigbors air bases for a pre emptive strike this how much he keep his word and like Israel and the Jewish people !!! Lie about putting down terrorists everything ok before election,lie about Bengazi etc and Now he want us to trust him again with NSA I say go jump in lake with your BS lies !!!!!!!!!!

  • Odin

    LOLOLOLOLOLOL

  • Anonymous

    Ya obama you told us to trust you with obama care to get 30 million un insure to have insurance !! It seem to me when you say trust me think of the opposite ,your obama care is doing the opposite by design for over 100 million U.S citizens who were insure to lose their insurance to become in the ranks of the un-insure ! So they be force into a government single payer system!! To have control power over them by your design !!! This will be at citzens expense with higher cost and ration care !!! Our President promise utopia obama care what you get instead is snake oil ration care at triple the cost don’t listen to his phony words but watch his actions and none actions and the results !! Then this snake oil salesman want you trust him again with his words on the NSA what reforms he is doing !!! I don’t think U.S citizens will swallow these whoppers of lies hook ,line ,and sinker for a third time from obama !!!!!