Report suggest: NSA mass surveillance is a waste of resources (and will make us less safe)

We already know that–this far–NSA mass surveillance has led to no convictions of any actual terrorists in a U.S. court of law.

Now, an New America Foundation study (PDF) shows that the vast majority of terrorist investigations in the U.S. are initiated by information from other sources than NSA.

Only 1.8 per cent of terrorist investigations in the U.S. are initiated after “NSA Bulk Collection under Section 215”. 4.4 per cent after “NSA Surveillance Targeting Non-U.S. Persons under Section 702”. And 1.3 per cent after “NSA Surveillance under an Unknown Authority”.

Most investigations are conducted after tips from community and families, informants or traditional human intelligence and police work.

The report states…

“Surveillance of American phone metadata has had no discernible impact on preventing acts of terrorism and only the most marginal of impacts on preventing terroristrelated activity, such as fundraising for a terrorist group.”

Obvious to all, this do not correspond with the picture the U.S. administration is trying to sell to the public.

And it confirms that more information from mass surveillance (a bigger haystack) only will make a system already under information overload to work even worse…

“Finally, the overall problem for U.S. counterterrorism officials is not that they need vaster amounts of information from the bulk surveillance programs, but that they don’t sufficiently understand or widely share the information they already possess that was derived from conventional law enforcement and intelligence techniques.”

So it seems that shifting resources from traditional (human) intelligence and law enforcement work to automated mass surveillance might make us all less safe from terrorists.

But then again, this is not about terrorism. It’s about power and control.


Link: Do NSA’s Bulk Surveillance Programs Stop Terrorists? (PDF) »

3 Responses to Report suggest: NSA mass surveillance is a waste of resources (and will make us less safe)

  1. Kari Lantto January 11, 2015 at 6:53 pm #

    Did you see the survey on the chilling effects of mass-surveillance published a couple of days before the Charlie Hebdo massacre. Swedish journalists did not participate in the survey. Directly after the massacre Swedish Radio (Dagens Eko) made a major point of the chilling effect of the massacre. So far they have not reported on the survey?

    • Kari Lantto January 16, 2015 at 8:47 pm #

      appeared January 14. Still uncommented in Se media?

      • Kari Lantto January 16, 2015 at 9:37 pm #

        Jo, jag hitta en kommentar på Tyvärr daterar hon (dom) rapporten fel. Den är från 5.1 inte 12.1. Men som George II sa: “we should not tolerate conspiracy theories about 9/11”.

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