NSA Says It Can't Search Its Own EmailsJustin Elliott
Jul. 24, 2013
Brexit Fever Spreads: Italy, France, Netherlands & Denmark Seek Vote On Leaving EU
Putin on Brexit: "Some Don't Want to Dissolve National Borders"
Bill O'Reilly on Brexit Motive: "In Parts of London, You're Not Really in England, You're in Pakistan"
"Now It Is Our Turn": Freedom Party's Geert Wilders Calls for Dutch Referendum
VIDEO: Brexit Vote Fraud Caught on Camera?
The NSA is a “supercomputing powerhouse” with machines so powerful their speed is measured in thousands of trillions of operations per second. The agency turns its giant machine brains to the task of sifting through unimaginably large troves of data its surveillance programs capture.
But ask the NSA, as part of a freedom of information request, to do a seemingly simple search of its own employees’ email? The agency says it doesn't have the technology.
“There’s no central method to search an email at this time with the way our records are set up, unfortunately,” NSA Freedom of Information Act officer Cindy Blacker told me last week.
The system is "a little antiquated and archaic,” she added.