Newly-Leaked NSA Slide Shows that NSA Is Tapping All Data from Main Undersea Phone and Internet Cables

The Government Has Been Tapping Undersea Cables … And Started Before 9/11

The Washington Post published a new slide leaked by Edward Snowden showing that the NSA taps into the main undersea data cables along which telephone and internet communications pass through the U.S.

This confirms what high-level NSA whistleblowers William Binney, Russell Tice and others have said for years: The government is spying on all of our digital communications.

Remember that massive surveillance of the American people started before 9/11 .

For example – as regards undersea cables – Zdnet reported 3 months before 9/11:

Much of the information the agency once gleaned from the airwaves now travels in the form of light beams through fiber-optic cables crisscrossing continents and ocean floors. That shift has forced the NSA to seek new ways to gather intelligence–including tapping undersea cables, a technologically daunting, physically dangerous and potentially illegal task.

In the mid-1990s, the NSA installed one such tap, say former intelligence officials familiar with the covert project. Using a special spy submarine, they say, agency personnel descended hundreds of feet into one of the oceans and sliced into a fiber-optic cable.

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Undersea taps would pose tricky legal issues for the agency, too. For example, U.S. law forbids the NSA to intentionally intercept and process the phone calls and e-mails of U.S. citizens without court approval. Such communications make up a sizable slice of undersea cable traffic.

Some outside analysts and U.S. intelligence officials think the NSA should abandon such efforts in favor of more narrowly targeted intelligence-gathering efforts. One intelligence official estimates that tapping all the world’s undersea cables, assuming it could be done, would cost more than $2 billion a year. And no one knows whether the NSA will ever have enough computing power to analyze the resulting gusher of digital data.

Even so, the agency has been pushing ahead. At General Dynamics’ Electric Boat shipyard in Groton, Conn., the Navy is deep into a five-year, $1 billion retrofit of the USS Jimmy Carter, a nuclear-powered vessel that intelligence experts say will be the premier U.S. spy sub when it hits the seas in 2004. Among its many planned features, says one former official familiar with the project: state-of-the-art technology for undersea fiber-optic taps.

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The NSA recognized from the start that fiber optics could be a problem. In early 1989, the agency assembled a team of researchers in a small warren of labs at its headquarters in Fort Meade, Md. Other researchers fanned out to corporate research centers to bone up on the new technology. Their mission, according to one former NSA researcher who worked on it, was to find a way to get inside fiber-optic cables and secretly siphon off the data moving through them.

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One retired NSA optical specialist insists that the NSA devised a way to splice a fiber without being detected. “Getting into fiber is delicate work, but by no means impossible,” the former specialist says. Neither he nor the NSA will discuss the matter further.

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Yet the NSA’s [chief] Lt. Gen. Hayden says … computing power will allow it to process greater masses of data, which he says he hopes will eventually “allow a single analyst to extract wisdom from vast volumes of raw information.”

How could this massive spying program possibly have started before 9/11 ushered in the “war on terror”?  Because mass surveillance of the American people isn’t really aimed so much at preventing terrorism … but rather increasing power and control.

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  • Joshua Roberts

    9/11 was engineered to move this and other elements of emerging NWO struct into the public domain. they implement and then write it up later and “pass legislation” – its like having the hardware in theater before the initial conflict

  • Chesyre

    Er most of the underwater cables were built in newington new hampshire. The repeaters were built in the clark shop in new jersey. You can connect the rest of the dots yourself.

  • dougdiggler

    And the name of that special submarine? The USS Jimmy Carter.

  • Nicky Wilks

    As more info regarding the timeline and scope of these surveillance programs emerges, their claims of effectiveness drop significantly.

    Re:

    – FBI will not explain their failure to act on warnings from Russia, CIA and previous investigations into Boston bombings
    – Weak evidence of preventing attacks demonstrated to Senate intel committee
    – Did not prevent 9/11, despite tremendous clues and warnings

    Therefore, one must assume they serve a different purpose entirely, as they have persisted and will continue to until we refuse to participate any longer.

  • http://bigdanblogger.blogspot.com/ Big Dan

    Remember all those stories from around 2008, where huge undersea internet cables were “accidentally” being cut?

    http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/meast/02/01/internet.outage/

  • gozounlimited

    Want to See What a Police State Looks Like?…… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgo8MuszjlE&feature=player_embedded

    • poorhardworker

      I know that I do go on sometimes…and that also diminishes the likelihood of some people reading my post. I think you just crossed the same threshold as I have at time. But nice post!

    • poorhardworker

      I know that I do go on sometimes…and that also diminishes the likelihood of some people reading my post. I think you just crossed the same threshold as I have at time. But nice post!

    • poorhardworker

      I know that I do go on sometimes…and that also diminishes the likelihood of some people reading my post. I think you just crossed the same threshold as I have at time. But nice post!

    • poorhardworker

      I know that I do go on sometimes…and that also diminishes the likelihood of some people reading my post. I think you just crossed the same threshold as I have at time. But nice post!

  • jeremy

    “Microsoft Helped The NSA Bypass Its Own Encryption Software, Spy On Its Clients
    According
    to another just released report by the Guardian citing Snowden files,
    “Microsoft has collaborated closely with US intelligence services to
    allow users’ communications to be intercepted, including helping the
    National Security Agency to circumvent the company’s own encryption,
    according to top-secret documents obtained by the Guardian”
    DUH! Remember when the Justice Dept was harassing Microsoft? Remember when they STOPPED harassing Microsoft? NO? Me too. Because they cut a deal. And Bill Gates got to join the crooks club.

  • poorhardworker

    Let me state the obvious: This predates Bush???? LOL!!! Thanks, Bill!

  • poorhardworker

    Let me state the obvious: This predates Bush???? LOL!!! Thanks, Bill!

  • poorhardworker

    Let me state the obvious: This predates Bush???? LOL!!! Thanks, Bill!

  • poorhardworker

    Let me state the obvious: This predates Bush???? LOL!!! Thanks, Bill!

  • an so the tide be rising

    OK people, just calm down, send me your phones and everything else and 49.99, peso, euros, dinar, well you do the math and I will certainty wipe cell phones clean, clean phones clean, clean your now breached other accounts , for what is of what I missed that will serve as a possible down payment for keeping those steamy emails to you know who where they belong, my vault, SO was this innocent clerk, AOL, YAHOO, Google, Ma Bell , CIA the under bosses, Congress. FBI Military, running out of names here. Oh the most gullible and most responsible would be press, left and right aisle that believed every damn thing there guy told them. Man a few pieces of silver doesn’t even come close to what these Judas’ go. I always wondered how a company that had no product, no visible means of support make it so big in the tech work, Facebook being the latest and more than likely the new keystone
    SO lets all unplug all digital for our damn safety, shut down this innocent wed we know as the web, paper banking only, snail only. Trust me, famous last words this will going ugly before we want it to

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