It’s no longer limited to the Hollywood movies. It’s happening in real. The National Security Agency (NSA) of USA is alleged of recording and storing communications of US citizens including emails, phone conversations and a lot more at a massive sacle. NSA is said to be building a new facility at Bluffdale, Utah to take over older data centers, which can hold about 100 years of communications worldwide over public networks.
Three former NSA employees, who came forward to testify in the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s (EFF’s) lawsuit against the government’s illegal mass surveillance program, have revealed the disturbing information in an interview with Eliot Spitzer. The trio – William E. Binney, Thomas A. Drake, and J. Kirk Wiebe – talked about the blanket surveillance program’s initiation after 9/11, government outlook on the program, and how things are going to be in future if not thwarted right now.
Drake says that the surveillance covers “the entire country.” It is no longer limited to aggregating and analyzing mass communications over public and private networks in foreign nations like Afghanistan or Iraq.
William Binney, former Technical Director at NSA, pointed out that the new facility in Bluffdale, Utah is capable of pulling out personal data and analyzing those in a timeline to see through the lives of people. He also added that the Big Data initiative of the government is planning to take mass electronic surveillance to the next level. In future, it could be algorithms that will aggregate, analyze and decide what is of interest and what is not. But, that will also need the surveillance to be more intrusive.
Former NSA analyst Kirk Wiebe shared his experience about the government’s position on citizen rights and privacy. He recalls being told by an influential person, “Nobody cares about that.”
You can watch a clip of the interview below.