Yesterday, I suggested that it might be difficult in this wacky, interconnected world to know which communications are really “international” ones. Apparently the NSA has the same trouble, and for something pretty close to the reason I hypothesized:

[In] at least one instance, someone using an international cellphone was thought to be outside the United States when in fact both people in the conversation were in the country. Officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the program remains classified, would not discuss the number of accidental intercepts, but the total is thought to represent a very small fraction of the total number of wiretaps that Mr. Bush has authorized without getting warrants.

—posted by Julian


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