***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org *****
More on the recent thread here on SNA by the NSA... interesting quote
> Here's what is most likely going on with the NSA and FISA from a
> guy who used to work for the NSA:
> "What I think is going on here is that they're using social network
> analysis. They get some numbers or endpoints of interest, and start
> out with classical traffic analysis, which can all be done (as I
> think you pointed out) with pen registers or their moral
> equivalent. They look for other numbers, and follow the graph of
> connections by transitivity.
> "It's well known that any graph of associations in the real world
> tends to generate cliques, and that the clique size for a social
> group of any sort tends to actually be fairly small. This is the
> 'six degrees of Kevin Bacon' effect. But in a social network, there
> will also be people with many edges coming to them, and many paths
> in the transitive closure of the graph of their relationships, and
> those people are often 'centers.'
> "In fact, just that sort of analysis was done -- after the fact --
> of the 9/11 hijackers (in this week's links).
> "I would guess that the SNA is used to identify people of interest
> -- although there would be some false positives, like if they all
> rented apartments from the same rental management firm, or all
> ordered from the same we-deliver falafel place. But someone who
> shows up in the transitive network of a lot of calls from overseas,
> and is also a high edge-count in the SNA graph, is definitely
> someone to be interested in. I wouldn't be at all surprised if
> that's when they apply for a FISA warrant and start actually
The rest is at...
SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social
network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send
an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line
UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.