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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 06:01 AM

Exposed: Massive New Spy Center Built to Track Your Emails and Phone Calls

http://www.alternet.org/story/154641/exposed%3A_massive_new_spy_center_built_to_track_your_emails_and_phone_calls/

A new exposé in Wired Magazine has revealed new details about how the National Security Agency is quietly building the largest spy center in the country in Bluffdale, Utah, as part of a secret NSA surveillance program codenamed "Stellar Wind." According to investigative reporter James Bamford, the NSA has established listening posts throughout the nation to collect and sift through billions of email messages and phone calls, whether they originate within the country or overseas. The Utah spy center will contain near-bottomless databases to store all forms of communication collected by the agency. This includes the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases and other digital "pocket litter."

AMY GOODMAN: In addition, the NSA has also created a supercomputer of almost unimaginable speed to look for patterns and unscramble codes. James Bamford writes the secret surveillance program "is, in some measure, the realization of the 'total information awareness' program created during the first term of the Bush administration," but later killed by Congress in 2003 due to privacy concerns and public outcry.

James Bamford joins us now from London, England. His article in Wired is called "The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)." Jim Bamford is an investigative journalist who’s been covering the National Security Agency for the last three decades. He came close to standing trial after revealing the NSA’s operations in an explosive 1982 book called The Puzzle Palace. His latest book is the last in his trilogy on the NSA; it’s called The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America.

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Reply Exposed: Massive New Spy Center Built to Track Your Emails and Phone Calls (Original post)
xchrom Mar 2012 OP
MadHound Mar 2012 #1
xchrom Mar 2012 #2
Fool Count Mar 2012 #7
Javaman Mar 2012 #9
Selatius Mar 2012 #3
lunatica Mar 2012 #4
KG Mar 2012 #5
Junkdrawer Mar 2012 #6
SemperEadem Mar 2012 #8
woo me with science Mar 2012 #10
lpbk2713 Mar 2012 #11
bullwinkle428 Mar 2012 #12
snooper2 Mar 2012 #13
woo me with science Mar 2012 #14
dickthegrouch Mar 2012 #15
Mojorabbit Mar 2012 #16

Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 06:59 AM

1. A brave new world

 

Where we are all watched, every minute of every day.

Welcome to the death of privacy.

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Response to MadHound (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 07:00 AM

2. & a horrible waste of money. nt

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Response to xchrom (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 07:44 AM

7. Precisely. The purpose of that heroic undertaking completely eludes

 

any logical analysis. They seem to be doing it simply because they can.
That and hundreds of millions of dollars in no-bid contracts, of course.

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Response to MadHound (Reply #1)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 08:44 AM

9. It's neither brave or new...

it's just the same cowardly old world.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 07:08 AM

3. What's the difference? They're not using a huge network of informants like East German STASI did.

They had records on untold numbers of people in East Germany. The only difference is they did this by flooding the countryside with informants who kept tabs on neighbors and reported any unusual activity. This system could do something similar, although through electronic means instead of actual human intelligence. The argument they constantly parrot out is if you've done nothing wrong, you have nothing to hide.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 07:30 AM

4. As disheartening as this is it's no surprise

I've been a science fiction fan all my life. This is certainly expected because it was bound to happen. The application of modern science has its shadow side, because humanity has its shadow side.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 07:32 AM

5. more change I can make believe in!

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 07:36 AM

6. So everyone will get a "Terror Score" (akin to your Credit Score) ?

Score too high and it's off to the FEMA camps when push-comes-to-shove?

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 08:19 AM

8. how about the new heat cannon that the US military has developed

to use as crowd control on US citizens?



http://blog.alexanderhiggins.com/2012/03/12/military-unveils-heat-ray-microwave-crowd-control-cannon-94751/

our government is being allowed to turn on its own citizens.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 08:52 AM

10. Indefinite detention, assassination of Americans, and now this.

Do we even have a Constitution anymore?

Really, Obama? Really?

Is this REALLY what you want your legacy as President to look like?

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 08:57 AM

11. "We are the government and we are here to help you."





Yeah, right.



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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 09:59 AM

12. Jobs, jobs, jobs!!!

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 10:20 AM

13. ROFL ROFL "the NSA has established listening posts throughout the nation"


I was wondering who setup all those mirror ports on our core routers

Now I just need to figure out how they are getting all the RTP streams out "terabytes of data a second"

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 02:17 PM

14. Kick

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Fri Mar 23, 2012, 10:02 AM

15. Overwhelm it wiith data

The more downloaded movies the less effective this will be. No wonder the Motion Picture association is trying so hard to stop all the piracy.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Mar 25, 2012, 03:43 AM

16. It makes me want to just give up.

Every day there is one more thing.

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