By Ralph Forbes
The Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) plan to spy on every American by bugging just about everything—phones, clock radios, refrigerators—is ready to be operational as soon as Big Brother’s super spy centers can go online. They will not only track everything you say and do, but will be able to correlate all the data they have been collecting for decades on you—every personal phone call, email, check, receipt, doctor’s visit—everything.
James Bamford, the fearless author who has been exposing the National Security Agency (NSA) and its spying techniques since the early 1980s, now reports Big Brother can watch us all in real time.
Up until now, the impossible task of managing the enormous quantity of data the CIA has accumulated on Americans for the past half-century and correlating and retrieving this data instantly had paralyzed the efforts to keep tabs on all of us. Bamford has uncovered the government’s ace to finish two secret projects they need to totally conquer the American people: a super spy center in the Utah desert and a super-fast code breaking center at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, the Multiprogram Research Facility.
Bamford says: “NSA has turned its surveillance apparatus on the U.S. 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.”
He added: “Everybody’s a target; everybody with communication is a target. To try and make sure nothing escapes the never-sleeping eye of Big Brother, the feds are building a $2 billion heavily fortified center, more than five times larger than the U.S. Capitol, near remote Bluffdale, Utah. [It] requires its own 65-megawatt electrical power substation—the electric bill costs at least $40 million a year—and 60,000 tons of cooling equipment to keep its computer servers from overheating.”
The cover story is it’s “for cyber-security,” but in reality it is TIA, the “Total Information Awareness” program that was created during the first term of the George W. Bush administration but was killed by Congress in 2003 after activists raised a national outcry.
For the first time, a former NSA official has gone on the record. William Binney was a senior NSA crypto-mathematician, largely responsible for automating the agency’s worldwide eavesdropping network, code-named Stellar Wind.
“We are [only] that far from a turnkey totalitarian state,” warns Binney in an article by Bamford in Wired, a magazine dedicated to the cutting edge of technology.
Binney left the NSA in 2001, shortly after the agency launched its warrantless-wiretapping program. “They violated the Constitution setting it up,” he said bluntly. “But they didn’t care. They were going to do it anyway, and they were going to crucify anyone who stood in the way.”
Another source, Adrienne J. Kinne, who worked as a voice interceptor at the NSA facility in Georgia, told Bamford: “Basically all rules were thrown out the window, and they would use any excuse to justify a waiver to spy on Americans.”
Journalists were specifically targeted by the NSA.
“A lot of time you could tell they were calling their families, incredibly intimate, personal conversations,” Mrs. Kinne told Bamford. She said she found the act of eavesdropping on innocent Americans “personally distressing.”
Ralph Forbes is a freelance writer based in Arkansas. He is also a member of AFP’s Southern Bureau. Contact him at [email protected]