It’s not what’s said that’s important

8 Jun

Prism-sizedWhen dealing with any organization, political or otherwise, what is unsaid is sometimes much more important than what is said.

Example: the NSA’s Prism that allegedly gathers all electronic communication, everywhere.

The charge is the US Government has “connections” to every major telephone company and Internet ISP in the United States.

From that it supposedly can gather email, video, phones calls – whatever.

The major companies all strongly deny there is “direct access” to their servers.

Two things to note in these denials:

1) The statements released by these companies are all very similar. Too similar.

2) They all deny there is any “direct access”.

That’s probably true.

There’s all sorts of ways to collect electronic information than “direct access”.

One simple way is just pour everything coming through into a holding “vault” and let the NSA take it from there.

That’s vastly simplified, but an accurate picture of how it can be done without “direct access” to their servers.

At no time does any of the companies say the NSA doesn’t get their electronic traffic, only there’s no direct access.

And they all say it in the same way.

As for them all saying they never heard of Prism, of course not.

There was no reason for any company to be told the name of the actual program.

ZNET.com, a technical based website, has this theory:

“We strongly suspect that the leaked PowerPoint slides are probably not written by technical people. It’s likely that these slides were prepared as a internal marketing tool for new recruits. So, when the slides say: “direct access to servers,” that statement may well be an oversimplification of the facts, and we, the media, are latching too much onto it.

The “direct” server data from these named companies may well be retrieved from cached copies maintained by the content delivery networks, which are located in the Tier 1 provider’s datacenter.

Because the infrastructure required to deliver media and Web applications, for instance, from these content delivery networks worldwide is so immense, many of them need to lease datacenter space offered by Tier 1 providers, such as AT&T and Verizon.

It’s possible that a network equipment maker has built a router that looks indistinguishable from other core routers in that datacenters, which contains a beam splitter that literally splits the Tier 1 fiber connection — with one split beam passing a copy of that data to an external NSA datacenter or storage.”

This is one of those times you should read between the lines when everyone’s talking and denying.

What’s not said is more important.

If you’re interested in the complete ZNET theory, you can find the article here.

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