Sorry about chopping this up so much. I just wanted to share what went through my head as I read it.
You can only get a tap at the time of the court order.
The original intent of this was to keep the law honest
The necessary data might be gone.
Yes, but nobody said the job was easy... Unless you're the lucky LEO that gets FaceBook duty.
What they're doing is aggregating the data.
Honestly I've always been a bit sketchy in the definition of that term...But if by aggregate you mean to play peek-A-boo with then yes I'm with you there.
It is indexed by minimally identifying information- not the content.
Here lies the rub ... They're only admitting to the metadata...but there is no
If later, they find a person of interest, they can get a warrant for the period in time to check the database and see what the content of the intercept was.
...Now all of a sudden this (allegedly) non-existent content just magically appears out of thin air. Which of course they have pinky sworn not to have looked at with out a proper warrant. ROFL
What was it the 40s when you had to be manually connected to the party called by the operator that sat in front of a switchboard of wires and jacks?
Best source of reliable gossip back then came from ... The operator.
...But the cops of the time never ever talked to the operators did they? ...Because that would be (Um...) wrong?
Absolute power corrupts absolutely.