Judge Napolitano was on Fox News this morning explaining why we don’t need the NSA to directly collect all phone metadata. He also explained what they were actually doing which is not what we are being told.
The intelligence community believes that collecting everyone’s Internet and phone data helps them fight terrorism.
The NSA is gathering phone calls, transcripts of phone calls and emails in real time, Judge Napolitano said, but it expires tonight. They can go to the individual phone companies and the military intercepts all phone calls as needed
They can’t just collect phone data of Americans – the initial call has to be linked to a foreign call, but the FISA court allows “them to go to the 6th degree which takes in 300 million people and the population of the United States is about 330 million people,” the judge said laughing.
The NSA only focused on 227 Americans in 2014 and 248 in 2013, the host said. The Judge said he didn’t know where those numbers came from because the NSA and FISA records are secret, adding that in one of the warrants released by Edward Snowden “authorized the NSA to capture the phone calls of every customer of Verizon. That’s a 110 million customers and about 150 million different telephone numbers,” Judge Napolitano said.
The host reminded him that a second attack in Europe was stopped and the first in Paris was solved quickly because of phone data. The judge corrected her and said that it was because they actually had the cell phone – the hard data – and combined that “with old fashioned police work”.
Terrorists probably aren’t using cell phones because the French can read all phone data without any courts, Napolitano said, and it didn’t stop the attack. The terrorists probably meet in person.