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    NSA Builds World's Largest Spy Center

    "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.”

    In the process—and for the first time since Watergate and the other scandals of the Nixon administration—the NSA has turned its surveillance apparatus on the US and its citizens. It 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. It has created a supercomputer of almost unimaginable speed to look for patterns and unscramble codes. Finally, the agency has begun building a place to store all the trillions of words and thoughts and whispers captured in its electronic net. And, of course, it’s all being done in secret. To those on the inside, the old adage that NSA stands for Never Say Anything applies more than ever."

    http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/201...adatacenter/3/

    Although this appears to be a blatant violation of our 4th amendment rights, the NSA maintains it doesn't look at your information, rather, they just store it all.



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    Whistle-Blower himself.

    William Binney, served in the NSA for over 30 years, including a time as director of the NSA's World Geopolitical and Military Analysis Reporting Group. Since retiring from the NSA in 2001, he has warned that the NSA's data-mining program has become so vast that it could "create an Orwellian state."

    In his first television interview since he resigned from the National Security Agency over its domestic surveillance program, William Binney discusses the NSA's massive power to spy on Americans and why the FBI raided his home after he became a whistleblower. Binney was a key source for investigative journalist James Bamford's recent exposé in Wired Magazine about how the NSA is quietly building the largest spy center in the country in Bluffdale, Utah. The Utah spy center will contain near-bottomless databases to store all forms of communication collected by the agency, including private emails, cell phone calls, Google searches and other personal data.


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    It's the world's largest "Privacy" center.





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    Quote Originally Posted by rob19 View Post
    "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.”

    In the process—and for the first time since Watergate and the other scandals of the Nixon administration—the NSA has turned its surveillance apparatus on the US and its citizens. It 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. It has created a supercomputer of almost unimaginable speed to look for patterns and unscramble codes. Finally, the agency has begun building a place to store all the trillions of words and thoughts and whispers captured in its electronic net. And, of course, it’s all being done in secret. To those on the inside, the old adage that NSA stands for Never Say Anything applies more than ever."

    http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/201...adatacenter/3/

    Although this appears to be a blatant violation of our 4th amendment rights, the NSA maintains it doesn't look at your information, rather, they just store it all.



    **** is officially out of control, folks.
    It is ironic. But just the other day I was talking to a friend about our traffic lights. Down here they are now installing cameras on every traffic light (I'll take a picture next time). Officially it is for red light runners or traffic but it looks creepy. Puts the movies like "Live free or die hard" or series like 'person of interest' into a total different light.

    Here is a pic what they look like:


    The funny part is that they are pointed at you and there is no camera taking the back of your car for the license tag. Most of them anyways. And those little boxes underneath are missing as well (I assume they function as flashes).
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    Well, this is scary! Does anyone else feel like the government is setting the groundwork for some serious martial law and Gestapo/KGB activity? Between the Patriot Act, NDAA, several executive orders, and now Big Brother, I have a feeling that the right to bear arms and the freedom of speech are about to go out the window. We can all relax though, the propaganda machine, whoops...I mean media, will tell us it how it is for our own protection and good!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddy View Post
    Well, this is scary! Does anyone else feel like the government is setting the groundwork for some serious martial law and Gestapo/KGB activity? Between the Patriot Act, NDAA, several executive orders, and now Big Brother, I have a feeling that the right to bear arms and the freedom of speech are about to go out the window. We can all relax though, the propaganda machine, whoops...I mean media, will tell us it how it is for our own protection and good!
    It's very scary, & I believe the scariest part is how willfully docile the people of this country will behave about it.

    Look no further than this very election. We have bipartisan support of a bill that unconstitutionally detains American citizens without trial, & people are actually considering voting for either of them.

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    It's very scary, & I believe the scariest part is how willfully docile the people of this country will behave about it.

    Look no further than this very election. We have bipartisan support of a bill that unconstitutionally detains American citizens without trial, & people are actually considering voting for either of them.

    I am disgusted with both parties as both have forgotten about the constitution. The Republicans of today would have been considered extremely radical liberals about fifty years ago...WTF happened? I truly fear that we are watching the death of our nation and it will die to exuberant cheers from the very people voting it into oblivion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddy View Post
    I am disgusted with both parties as both have forgotten about the constitution. The Republicans of today would have been considered extremely radical liberals about fifty years ago...WTF happened? I truly fear that we are watching the death of our nation and it will die to exuberant cheers from the very people voting it into oblivion.

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    Both parties were more liberal 50 years ago than they are today, especially on fiscal issues. 50 years ago the top income tax rate was 70-something percent.

    The Cold War period, especially the two decades right after WWII, was not some civil liberty paradise, either. HUAC, J. Edgar Hoover. Not good times.
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