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Under construction by contractors with top-secret clearances, the blandly named Utah Data Center is being built for the National Security Agency. A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks. The heavily fortified $2 billion center should be up and running in September 2013. Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including 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.” It is, in some measure, the realization of the “total information awareness” program created during the first term of the Bush administration—an effort that was killed by Congress in 2003 after it caused an outcry over its potential for invading Americans’ privacy. But “this is more than just a data center,” says one senior intelligence official who until recently was involved with the program. The mammoth Bluffdale center will have another important and far more secret role that until now has gone unrevealed. It is also critical, he says, for breaking codes. And code-breaking is crucial, because much of the data that the center will handle—financial information, stock transactions, business deals, foreign military and diplomatic secrets, legal documents, confidential personal communications—will be heavily encrypted. According to another top official also involved with the program, the NSA made an enormous breakthrough several years ago in its ability to cryptanalyze, or break, unfathomably complex encryption systems employed by not only governments around the world but also many average computer users in the US. The upshot, according to this official: “Everybody’s a target; everybody with communication is a target.”
Originally posted by supermarket2012
Just a few comments I want to make:
1) I often hear people , especially on sites like these, say things like, "Well, we already KNEW they were doing this." While that is true that many speculated, and accurately said domestic spying like this was possible and occuring.....this is actual PROOF. This is EVIDENCE, and not just evidence, but an emerging scandal and more or less creating the platform for global discussion on this kind of surveillance.
2) I think now more than ever, with the release of these slides by the Guardian, and new revelations from Snowden regarding not just prism, but now Xkeyscore, it is apparent that Edward Snowden is going to be revealing MUCH MORE than just Prism. Most of wondered why the federal government got its panties in a wad over Snowden....and I think now the picture is becoming clear. I think Prism, and the initial release to the press, was just the beginning phase of Edward Snowden's whistleblowing. I think we are going to see a LOT more revealed. I think his mission to blow the whistle was planned, and well executed....not just a spur of the moment decision. He more than likely was snooping around, and searching for evidence LONG ago. The very letter his father wrote to Obama should give insight into Snowden's mindset. He is a man on mission, and the government knows this. I'm eager to see what else he reveals.
3) As mentioned in #2, I think Prism and Xkeyscore are the tip of the iceberg. What else are we going to find out?
4) This should provoke people, more than EVER before, to stop posting anything online you wouldn't shout out of your window. I've lived by these standards, and I'm going to sit down and re-evaluate my relationship with my PC, and the internet in the coming days and weeks. I encourage everyone else to do the same. Privacy is paramount.
Originally posted by xavi1000
Originally posted by TruthxIsxInxThexMist
reply to post by xavi1000
Anyone know if a simple IP Blocker can restrict any Spying or are they pointless against this type of Spying Software?
thisedit on 1-8-2013 by xavi1000 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by grobi77
Just looked at the presentation.
Do they really have about 25 sites along the coast of Antarctica?
Maybe a mistake, but it caught my eye
Originally posted by InverseLookingGlass
Yes we have a totalitarian government in the US. Let's face that right now. They can control elections and the banks and corporations are in symbiosis with the Executive Branch.
The sad part is, I think we lost it in the early 1900's
So Democracy is theater and corporations are in charge of all food and water supplies, health care and they are in charge of making war. See the picture yet?edit on 31-7-2013 by InverseLookingGlass because: (no reason given)