But they don't scan the content, right?

Back in 2008, from when journalists weren't afraid of being targeted by this technology and were confident the Obama administration would stop it:
Barack Obama will be in charge of the biggest domestic and international spying operation in history. Its prime engine is the National Security Agency (NSA)... A brief glimpse of its ever-expanding capacity was provided on October 26 by The Baltimore Sun's national security correspondent, David Wood: "The NSA's colossal Cray supercomputer, code-named the 'Black Widow,' scans millions of domestic and international phone calls and e-mails every hour. . . . The Black Widow, performing hundreds of trillions of calculations per second, searches through and reassembles key words and patterns, across many languages."
So, how does it scan and reassemble key words and patterns without access to the content of the calls and emails?

This entry was published Sat Jul 27 21:03:53 CDT 2013 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2013-07-27 21:03:53.0. [Tweet]

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