Spy Center Surrounded in Secrecy

Surprise Visitors Are Unwelcome At The NSA’s Unfinished Utah Spy Center (Especially When They Take Photos)

Welcome to Orwell’s 1984

3/04/2013 — Forbes.com
Most people who visit Salt Lake City in the winter months are excited about taking advantage of the area’s storied slopes. While skiing was on my itinerary last week, I was more excited about an offbeat tourism opportunity in the area: I wanted to check out the construction site for “the country’s biggest spy center.”

An electrifying piece about domestic surveillance by national security writer James Bamford that appeared in Wired last year read like a travel brochure to me:

“In the little town of Bluffdale, Big Love and Big Brother have become uneasy neighbors. 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.”

More at : http://www.forbes.com/sites/kashmirhill/2013/03/04/nsa-utah-data-center-visit/

NSA Whistleblower: “Every American Is Under Surveillance”

Thursday, 06 December 2012

“What I’ve been basically saying for quite some time, is that the FBI has access to the data collected, which is basically the emails of virtually everybody in the country,” NSA whistleblower William Binney affirmed in a recent interview with the Kremlin-funded news outlet Russia Today (RT). “And the FBI has access to it.”

Binney was asked by the Russian news outlet about whether domestic surveillance efforts have intensified since President Obama took office in 2008. He responded:

The change is it’s getting worse. They are doing more. He is supporting the building of the Bluffdale facility, which is over two billion dollars they are spending on storage room for data. That means that they are collecting a lot more now and need more storage for it. That facility by my calculations that I submitted to the court for the Electronic Frontiers Foundation against NSA would hold on the order of 5 zettabytes of data. Just that current storage capacity is being advertised on the web that you can buy. And that’s not talking about what they have in the near future.

The overall theme represented in Binney’s testimony seeks to protect the freedoms and liberties granted to Americans under the U.S. Constitution. “The central [U.S.] government defines what is right and wrong and whether or not they target you,” Binney concluded. “They are violating the foundation of this entire country … and they are not living up to the oath of office.”

Read at: http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/politics/item/13854-nsa-whistleblower-%E2%80%9Cevery-american-is-under-surveillance%E2%80%9D

An Old Paper (Background – old programs don’t die….):

Anticipating Homeland Security:Information Anxiety and the United States Commission on National Security/21stCentury

Jodi Dean

Although the IOA, headed by convicted felon John Poindexter, was later shut down, concern remained that the DHS would continue the IAO’s plans to integrate all available electronic information into a central database that could then be mined for patterns. In January2003, Senator Russ Feingold proposed the Data Mining Moratorium Act. Had it passed the act would have suspended all data-mining activities by the Departments of Defense and HomelandSecurity and required all federal agencies to report on data-mining programs in development or use within ninety days.

In a statement introducing the bill, Feingold noted, “Like manyAmericans, I was surprised to learn during the last few months that the Department of Defense has spent hundreds of millions of dollars developing a data-mining system called Total Information Awareness while permitting the progeny of Total Information Awareness to appear in places like the Department of Homeland Security.” As Feingold’s bill languished incommittee and funding for the IAO was eliminated, data-mining projects persisted, some under Defense Department black budgets, others deep in the maze of the Department of HomelandSecurity.

One such program developed within the DHS and continuing the work of the IAO is ADVISE—the Analysis, Dissemination, Visualization, Insight, and Semantic EnhancementProgram. ADVISE collects massive amounts of publicly available data (including purchasing,travel, and internet-accessing habits) cross references it with information gathered from intelligence and law enforcement, and searches for links and patterns. As reported by OMB Watch, “the technology will draw connections between persons, determining who is related towhom, who works with whom, who lives close to whom, and who is associated with what organization/s.” One’s first impressions of “homeland security,” then, should not be dismissed too quickly—suspicion is fully justified.

Read academic paper at: academia.edu/Anticipating_Homeland_Security


ADVISE (Analysis, Dissemination, Visualization, Insight, and Semantic Enhancement) is a research and development program within the United States Department of Homeland Security Threat and Vulnerability Testing and Assessment (TVTA) portfolio. It is reported to be developing a massive data mining system, which would collect and analyze data on everyone in the United States and perform a “threat analysis” of them.

The data can be everything from financial records, phone records, emails, blog entries, website searches, and any other electronic information that can be put into a computer system. The information is then analyzed, and used to monitor social threats such as community-forming, terrorism, political organizing, or crime.

ADVISE will possess the ability to store one quadrillion data entities.

The exact scope and degree of completion of the program is unclear. ADVISE is in the 2004-2006 Federal DHS Budget as a component of the $47 million TVTA program.

The program was officially scrapped in September 2007 after the agency’s internal Inspector General found that pilot testing of the system had been performed using data on real people without required privacy safeguards in place.



Programs rear their heads and fade off the radar. Then another similar program appears again. By now these programs ought to be pretty familiar to lawmakers. They are determined. They are certainly building all this storage space. It’s the gestalt, stupid.

Related article: http://www.hereinreality.com/bigbrother.html


17 comments on “Spy Center Surrounded in Secrecy

  1. Just Gene says:

    RE: your last paragraph – remember the book titled, “SPOOKS”? Maybe we will wind up fighting zombies!!!


  2. Sally's Special Services says:

    Reblogged this on Sallys Special Services.


  3. clyde says:

    Excellent post, bull. Take a bow. My friend, just a WAG here, but I got a hunch a bunch of us have “made the grade”.


  4. Davetherave says:

    Great post Bull. Seems like the Traitor Party doesn’t have a copyright on wanting to spy on us or using propaganda terms to spy on us. Georgie Bush started the Patriot Act…very colorful name. This program started under Bush, but trashed due to no required privacy safeguards in place. Actually who adopts the definition of “required”?? No one seems to pay attention to the ones already in place in our constitution. Why in the hell can’t people with good intentions realize they will without a doubt be followed one day by someone with bad intentions, but they keep setting a new precedent for them to use and giving them shitty ideas?

    I reckon these bunch of ass wipes will even know just now how damn good my recent colonoscopy results turned out. I’m pretty damn sure I’m already on their radar…


    • bullright says:

      Dave, LMAO. well, they know everything. Total Information Awareness, they have to know everything or they aren’t happy. (not that they are happy then) I’ve a feellng that colonoscopy is “trending” between dataports about now. 🙂


  5. bullright says:

    As that first article says, there is some heavy irony in a place that doesn’t let you take pictures while they have access to all your personal information. And they have a problem with trespassing? Its definately Orwellian I wonder how much access the Chinese have…so far?


    • Davetherave says:

      Bull, all politicians live under the umbrella of irony. Every damn law they pass ironically doesn’t apply to them. Now what does it tell us about our elected officials (what so much of our voters are just plain right stupid asses) when they keep passing laws that go against our constitution (by the way…their job is to uphold our constitution), but they give themselves and their butt buddy’s a free pass?

      Here’s a little non-important story for you, but it’s relevant. The 23 years I ran an international dental supply company there was no smoking allowed anywhere in our building….except…on of our owners office that smoked and guess who else….yep…me. Of course it wasn’t fair, but the owners and I passed all the “laws” of the company and the one owner and I sure in hell wasn’t going to give up our two packs of cigs we smoked every day. We may have also kept some good O’ Ky Shine in our offices as well, but that’s a good story for another time.

      Point being; almost all humans are just that…human, so when they pass laws they know are stupid as shit they sure in the hell are not going to stick themselves or their pack it pal’s with them. It’s a sad reality, but it is reality.

      Seeing how it’s no secret those in power always take care of themselves first and their fudge packer pals second; why in the hell do we keep re-electing them? One reason…my ass wipe senator Mitchtheswitch McConnell will not have anyone run against them that even stands a chance, so they are a shoe in. Second; most dumb ass voters have a very short memory and really don’t keep up with what our politicians are really doing, so all they remember is what the dipshits say leading up to their re-election. We are in an unbeatable cycle without term limits for the Legislative Branch. Most of our voters are so f*cking stupid we are screwed!

      One last note…no one should be elected to the SCOTUS for life. That is completely ridiculous! They have WAY TOO MUCH power and they’re just as political as any politician. Besides those two problems that are crucifying our country…we’re in good shape! 🙂


      • bullright says:

        Dave, you said it, one set for them and one set with chains for us. (and they can’t be chained by the Constitution?) Nor can they be shamed to doing the right thing.

        Most people think its like American idol every few years. No accountability for politicos or for low-info voters who couldn’t care less. Sure there were reasons for life appointments of SCOTUS and they stood that on its head too. And look at Sen Byrd, they won’t leave. They all believe they’re lifers. Heck, even when they do take a pledge on term-limits, they find a way to break that.

        While they want to know if people have hemorrhoids or take anti-anxiety meds. They need to keep an eye on us!

        LOL– besides that, yea, we’re in great shape. They would sooner die with their greedy paws clinging to power. But they have problems with clingers of guns and Bibles? The only thing I want to see is Obastid’s approvals lower than a snakes belly.


        • Davetherave says:

          Bull…lifers all right! I bet they keep a stock of body bags in chambers, because so many will end up dropping dead from old age during a debate before they think of retiring! Not that their rotting corpses could stink up the place any worse than it already is though….


          • bullright says:

            Oh that smell. LOL
            You know, I bet the word retire is stricken from their vocabulary. 🙂 I got a funny feeling if there weren’t so many benefits for the critters they’d pack their bags and be gone. But they’re addicted to power.

            That’s why I fear we’ll never really get rid of Obama. We never got rid of Bubba either. Or how about Alan Simpson? Even in their retirement they haunt us. As if no one else can do things. They suffer from the cult of personality, (we could sedate them and put them under house arrest….)


  6. Just Gene says:

    Did you notice how many building there are? Each one is big enough for a FEMA camp.


    • bullright says:

      JG, Its a monstrous place. But I doubt they want the nonconformist people around where they’re tracking us, just my opinion. (I don’t think they’d want the real consequences of their actions in the employees faces.) But all that space ain’t for ping-pong tables either. Once people work there and see what they’re doing, what will their future be?



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