John Yoo's Patriot Act

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ample evidence suggesting that individualized, subject-based monitoring of communications themselves is yielding to a broader algorithmic approach that seeks to monitor entire data streams. John Yoo, who wrote the (now repudiated) memoranda providing the legal basis for the NSA wiretapping program, for example, has described a system in which "computers are initially searching through communications first and only bringing correlations to the attention of a human, to a security officer when there's a certain level of confidence that they might involve terrorism." Where once we identified targets and then looked for suspicious behavior or incriminating communications, the "new" approach -- whose closest precedent may be the NSA's scandalous SHAMROCK program uncovered by the Church Committee's investigations in the 1970s -- involves monitoring behavior patterns and communications streams in search of targets...

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