NSA: We lack the capability to search our own email

The NSA turned down a ProPublica Freedom of Information Act request because it says it lacks the ability to search all the email within its internal network, so it can't answer a question like "What conversations took place between the NSA and National Geographic in the lead-up to a positive story about the Agency?" It can only search one user's mail at a time, not all 30,000 NSA employees.

"There's no central method to search an email at this time with the way our records are set up, unfortunately," NSA Freedom of Information Act officer Cindy Blacker told me last week.

The system is “a little antiquated and archaic," she added.

NSA Says It Can’t Search Its Own Emails (via Reddit)

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  1. That's if you don't have an estimated 8-10 billion$ budget and access to a whole slew of classified AI patents. An advanced neural network could easily sort out who has access to what, the contents of an e-mail that are relevant to any specific FOIA request... What's more likely is that they have such a system, but it is highly classified and responding to the FOIA request would make it known wink

  2. That's if you assume the NSA's tech is actually effective at finding accurate information. I don't think we should make that assumption.

    What consequences would they suffer if they were completely incapable of producing strong, credible intelligence? None - they are never held to account. So why assume they can?

    Incidentally - just think for a minute about the concept of a "classified patent". Classified. Patent.

  3. The NSA turned down a FOIA request.

    In other news today, water is wet, and the Pope is Catholic.

  4. To be capable you have to be willing. So they're definitely incapable.

  5. What is the statement here, "Don't worry, we're stupid!" Oh yeah, I feel better now. It's like I'm on the deck of the Titanic.

    I don't believe it. If what they say is true, which it is not, it still makes them insanely dangerous.

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