According to Wikipedia the National Security Agency is a cryptologic intelligence agency of the United States Department of Defense responsible for the collection and analysis of foreign communications and foreign signals intelligence. The NSA employs 40,000 people at various locations and its annual budget is a secret, although intelligence analysts have estimated the per annum outlay at $10 billion plus. The NSA has excelled at maintaining at low profile since its creation in 1949, although the agency’s mission was expanded after 9/11 to include illegal wire taps under GW Bush and data-mining through its PRISM project. Criticism against War on Terrorism has been considered treason by most Americans and the government has vigorously punished or minimize whistle-blowers and reporters endangering the NSA’s veil of secrecy.
Early this month The Guardian published accusations from Edward Snowden, a Central Intelligence Agency employee who worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, that the NSA had ordered various telecommunication companies in the USA to provide data for all telephone calls within the United States, including local telephone calls” and all calls made “between the United States and abroad.”
I make approximately twenty calls a day.
There are over 300 million phones in America, meaning that the NSA processes six billion calls per day along with 1.7 billion e-mails.
In 2012 NSA employees dealt with over trillion calls, which I have calculated to be a 2.5 billion calls each year. Massive supercomputers assist the harried intelligence operatives, but I suspect that millions of calls are dumped into delete files much like the post office employee dumped junk mail in the trash.
Even worse was the report from the BBC that the billions of dollars spent on PRISM ended up revealing information on fewer than 300 phone number in 2012, meaning that the PRISM program is another cash cow for the military-industrial complex and its effectiveness is as meaningful as catapulting every elephant in the world to kill a single mouse.
The NSA refutes the worthlessness of data-mining by arguing that “dozens of potential terrorist plots here in the homeland and in more than 20 countries around the world”.
The NSA provided no details, donning their cloak on secrecy, proving the best secrets are those that aren’t really secrets.
Mumble, my fellow Americans and strutters have a party.
The NSA knows nothing.
And Eric Snowden knew that.
He has now vanished from Hong Kong.
And there are plenty of