Doug Bedell — November 1, 2013, 11:08 am

The Bigger Security Question: Is NSA Becoming Overwhelmed?

All the continuing headlines about the National Security Agency’s (NSA) monitoring “of the world’s communications” require some sort of context. For it apparently isn’t as bad, or intrusive, as it sounds.

Daniel Soar in, of all places, the London Review of Books, explains that NSA claims to “‘touch’ just 1.6 percent of global internet traffic, or about 35 million books’ worth of data a minute – the spooks have an awful (lot) more to be getting on with than worrying about you.”

“So the question has to be,” Soar continues in a lucid piece of commentary, “not so much ‘Is Big Brother watching/’ but ‘How in hell can it cope?…”

Read the entire piece for a better sense of context into the monitoring controversy.

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