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Dianne Feinstein Accidentally Confirms That NSA Tapped The Internet Backbone

It's widely known that the NSA has taps connected to the various telco networks, thanks in large part to AT&T employee Mark Klein who blew the whistle on AT&T's secret NSA room in San Francisco. What was unclear was exactly what kind of access the NSA had. Various groups like the EFF and CDT have both been asking the administration to finally come clean, in the name of transparency, if they're tapping backbone networks to snarf up internet communications like email. So far, the administration has declined to elaborate. Back in August, when the FISA court declassified its ruling about NSA violations, the third footnote, though heavily redacted, did briefly discuss this "upstream" capability:

More: http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130927/13562624678/dianne...

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Clapper's backbone

The NSA's access to raw data has been built into internet infrastructure since day-one.


There are generally two levels of metadata. The first level is that which unbundles and unpacks (decodes) raw data. This is a low-level process that works analogously to "unzip.exe" on your PC. This helps them translate raw data into content information. The second level metadata regards context information - who created the data or who sent and received it.


simple 2+2

Yes we've known all this for years.

The new facility that was built in Utah was built in close proximity to a transcontinential internet backbone.

Doesn't take rocket science to figure out that they're not going to ask anyone's consented to sniff the backbone data, . they're going to do it regardless of what the law says. The true agenda is to protect those megalomanica's empires of slaver at all costs.

This is the beast that consumes all data into a black hole.

That email you sent to your girlfriend in singapore... it was intercepted 5 times before it got there.

Why do you think there's so much latency on the internet internationally. Were not sending data to the moon and back.
Its just all those intercepts that slow the data down.

Sometimes the latency can be 5-10 seconds !!!!!!!!!!!

think about it.


"Take hold of the future or the future will take hold of you." -- Patrick Dixon

Mark Klein Interview On BFP

I posted this as its own post the other day but re-posting it here since it's relevant to what you wrote.