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NSA Surveillance Program Reaches ‘Into The Past’ To Retrieve, Replay Phone Calls
By D.B. Hirsch March 18, 2014 12:57 pm - NewsBehavingBadly.com
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.