How do you process 1.7 billion pieces of information in a day? You can’t, so if you are the National Security Agency (NSA) you screen through it insofar as you are able to do so using computers with sophisticated algorithms to identify key words and then store it somewhere so you can always check back if you later come up with something interesting. If the computers doing the screening tell you that something contains a couple of words in some kind of sequence that might really be of interest you they bounce it over to an analyst who listens to it. Eventually. After he goes through the four hundred or so other bits and pieces that have been sent to him and that are piled up on his desk. If the information is in a foreign language and everything works the way it should the tidbit is directed to someone who in theory at least speaks the language.
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