PHONE AND INTERNET PROVIDERS ARE FURNISHING OUR GOVERNMENT WITH AMERICANS’ PERSONAL DATA THROUGH DATA MINING VIA CODE NAME “PRISM” AND PLAN TO STORE THEM IN A UTAH DATA CENTER…
Storage: An aerial photograph shows the center, which is expected to be completed this October
Don’t think the National Security Agency (NSA) is stopping at confiscating just telephone numbers, and only from Verizon. They’ve been gathering information about us for years, but now it’s gone up to a whole new level. The Code Name is PRISM, and they’ve been Data Mining since 2007, but Obama has taken it into the stratosphere. Now they’re also gathering data from cellular and Internet providers (audio, video, emails, pictures), Web history, IP addresses as well.
They are even gathering information from YouTube, Facebook, Google, Yahoo, AOL, Microsoft (Hotmail, etc.), Skype, Apple and little-known PalTalk, and that’s not the complete list. They’re trying to convince us that this will help them find terrorists. I don’t believe that for a second. This “PRISM” was in effect when that crazy Islamic terrorist, Major Nidal Hassan, killed all those innocent people in the Fort Hood terrorist shooting. Why didn’t they do something about all Hassan’s emails to Anwar al-Awlaki? As many as 20 email messages were sent, and in one of them, Hasan wrote to al-Awlaki: “I can’t wait to join you in the afterlife”. They knew about these exchanges, yet they did nothing. This was not “workplace violence” as Obama tried to sell to us, it was a brutal terrorist attack. Call it what is really is!
Another terrorist attack comes to mind, and right here in Boston, Massachusetts! Russia had the older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, under surveillance. The FBI had Tamerlan Tsarnaev under surveillance for three years, and then let him slip right through their fingers. They readily arrested a kid, Cameron D’Ambrosio, after he posted a stupid derogatory rap song on Facebook about the Boston Marathon terrorist attack, who was jailed, and later released, but all the Jihadist crap that the Tsarnaev brothers posted on Facebook was overlooked. Why??? How was that not caught? The older brother was a known terrorist suspect, yet it seemed like the FBI just turned their heads. It seems like these agencies are targeting all the wrong people, yet they have the best intel. This could have been prevented if they were doing their job. It should have been prevented!
True, this started under the Bush administration, but it was originally initiated to target terrorists. Now, the Obama administration has set his sights on targeting every single American citizen, and that’s where the outrage lies. When Obama was a senator, he voiced his opposition for the Patriot Act, and now he has gone against his own words, yet again. The Patriot Act’s key provisions will be expiring soon, so they have to address these in the near future.
But wait, there’s more…
They’re in the process of building a mammoth one million square-foot “spy center” out in Utah to house all the information they gather on American citizens—a project that started about two years ago, to the tune of $2B, slated to be completed in October of this year. The Utah Data Center, according to Catherine Herridge of Fox News, can reportedly store up to 5 Zettabytes of data. She says, to put it in perspective, one iPhone 5 has 16GB of storage. One Terabyte is about 62 iPhones, stacked 19″ high. One Petabyte would be 62,500 iPhone 5s, stacked, and would reach higher than the Empire State Building, at 1,572′ high. An Exabyte would be 62.5M iPhones stacked, which would reach higher than the International Space Station, at 295.9 miles high. Just one Zettabyte would be about 62.5B iPhones, 295,928 miles stacked. They would reach past the moon. If the Utah Data Center does have the ability to store 5 Zettabytes of data, it could, in theory, store every email, every cell phone call, Google search and surveillance camera video in America for a very long time.
The days of Free Speech may soon be over. This is what most of you have voted for. I hope you’re happy with your reckless voting decisions. Please read these reports and educate yourself before the 2014 election…
Here are some reports worth reading…
Inside America’s $1.9billion data mine: How all your private details will soon be stored in this vast NSA nerve center in Utah Valley
By LYDIA WARREN
PUBLISHED: 07:40 EST, 7 June 2013 | UPDATED: 12:48 EST, 7 June 2013
The personal data and private online conversations that the National Security Administration is accused of mining could be stashed in a one million square-foot, $1.9 billion facility in the Utah Valley.
Concerns over what the government will store at the Utah Data Center have been reinvigorated by the revelation that U.S. intelligence agencies have been extracting audio, video, photos, e-mails, documents and other information to track people’s movements and contacts.
Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, YouTube, Skype, AOL and the lesser known Internet company PalTalk are all involved with the PRISM program, which the government insists is for national security.
The Utah Data Center which is being constructed on Camp Williams on the Salt Lake-Utah County line will be completed in October – but officials have been tight-lipped about what will be stored there.
Plans released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is handling the construction, show the center will have four ‘data halls’ to store information and two substations to power the facility.
The spy center is being built at an estimated cost of $1.9 billion, and is expected to employ 100 to 200 permanent employees after its completion. The plans note they must all be U.S. citizens.
Despite the boom for the local economy, the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah has expressed their fears over what will be stored at the center.
‘We’re mining data, we’re gathering data and it’s all done secretly,’ ACLU of Utah director Karen McCreary told Fox13. ‘We don’t even know what’s going on.’
‘When the NSA facility in Utah was announced, local officials praised it for the jobs it would bring,’Libertas director Connor Boyack added.
‘As Americans are now learning, those jobs entail harvesting the data generated by innocent Americans not suspected of any crime, in contradiction to the Fourth Amendment.’
The fears come as The Washington Post reported that for the past six years, U.S. intelligence agencies have been extracting personal information from across the country.
The PRISM program was launched in 2007 with the blessing of special federal judges under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The Post said that several members of the U.S. Congress were made aware of the classified data-gathering program, but were sworn to secrecy.
PRISM has been described by NSA officials ‘as the most prolific contributor to the president’s Daily Brief’ and the ‘leading source of raw material’, the Post reported.
On Friday, President Obama delivered a passionate defense of national security programs that secretly acquire information about Americans’ phone calls, saying criticism of them is all ‘hype.’
‘My assessment and my team’s assessment was that [the programs] help us prevent terrorist attacks and that the modest encroachments on privacy that are involved in getting phone numbers or duration [of calls] without a name attached… It was worth us doing.’
In practice, if collection managers in the NSA’s Special Source Operation Group, which manages PRISM, have suspicion that their target is a foreign national engaged in terrorism or a spy, they move ahead to draw in all the data which would often net in information on the suspect’s contacts.
Obama said the PRISM program does not involve monitoring the email content of U.S. citizens or anyone living in the U.S., and he repeatedly stated that both programs – the phone spying and PRISM – have been approved by Congress.
‘You can complain about “big brother” and how this is a potential program run amuck,’ Obama added, ‘but when you actually look at the details, then I think we’ve stuck the right balance.’
The Post noted that the tech companies are knowingly taking part in PRISM, but The Guardian, which also received a leaked NSA report, reported than all nine pleaded ignorance of the program.
The companies denied any knowledge of the program, with spokespeople saying they had not even heard of it.