Documents shed light on U.S. surveillance programs; a reader’s comment

Article: Documents shed light on U.S. surveillance programs

By Evan Perez, CNN Justice Reporter
updated 8:49 PM EDT, Fri August 9, 2013
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The following is an excellent comment, from rescuetruthin response to the linked article, above:

Let’s talk numbers and facts… The 1.6 percent number is MEANINGLESS if you have any knowledge of the IT world. First, we can probably assume that the government is not tracking your Netflix or Amazon Instant Video feeds. These feeds use HD video, which takes up MORE bandwidth than any typical internet request. The government *probably* isn’t interested in your Rhapsody or Pandora music feeds either. The government probably isn’t concerned about the trillions and trillions of simple requests made to check for Windows updates, iPhone updates, simple pings, etc. On the other hand, the government *IS* interested in your emails, phone calls, messages, and other records. Our most personal documents are usually TEXT documents, which are VERY SMALL in size.

In the grand scheme of things, 1.6 percent of internet traffic is an insanely scary amount of traffic, much worse than most of us ever anticipated. This is just spin. It’s meant to make it seem like privacy advocates are making a mountain out of a molehill. So with that in mind, let’s talk numbers…

144 billion emails per day in 2012 – Let’s assume each an email is on average 5 KB. This gives us 670552 GB per day in email. Some critical internet infrastructure gets over 2 TB (2048 GB) of traffic per SECOND. Extrapolate that out and you get 176947200 GB per day. That ends up being 0.3 percent of traffic from this SINGLE piece of infrastructure.

As you can see, it is *well* within the realm of possibility that the government could be tracking *EVERY* email sent. Add text messages, which are even smaller, and that 1.6% gets scarier and scarier. Hell, add your health and banking records, and we still don’t come close to that 1.6 percent number. Do not be fooled by this number. It is misleading just like everything else coming out of their mouths re:NSA.

The government was hiding this program from us for a reason, and it wasn’t national security. The government was hiding this program because they are illegally violating our constitutionally-guaranteed rights as U.S. citizens. It must stop.