NSA collecting millions of cell phone records
Honestly I thought this was already happening for a lot longer down at that mega-huge data warehouse in Bluffdale, Utah, but apparently only since April 2013 has Verizon been giving all of their customers’ information (innocent people included) over to the NSA. The NSA requested Verizon hand over millions of phone call logs and the report won’t be declassified until 2038, long after the robots will have taken out the human race. Also, the report says that the NSA wanted these records on an “ongoing, daily basis” which is definitely on some big brother ‘ish. Verizon declined comment, but what can they say honestly.
The hub for all of this is that NSA mega-center in Bluffdale, Utah which is appropriately nicknamed the “Bumblehive” (people who have read my book A Grand Unified Conspiracy Theory know about the bee symbolism in Utah). From what the website says, it doesn’t officially open until October 2013, so perhaps this Verizon controversy isn’t related. Here’s the official background statement right from that Bumblehive website:
The Utah Data Center, code-named Bumblehive, is the first Intelligence Community Comprehensive National Cyber-security Initiative (IC CNCI) data center designed to support the Intelligence Community’s efforts to monitor, strengthen and protect the nation
You gotta love that, associating “monitoring” with “strengthen” and “protect”. Take a look at their data capacity:
The storage capacity of the Utah Data Center will be measured in “zettabytes”. What exactly is a zettabyte? There are a thousand gigabytes in a terabyte; a thousand terabytes in a petabyte; a thousand petabytes in an exabyte; and a thousand exabytes in a zettabyte. Some of our employees like to refer to them as “alottabytes”.
Anyhow, before I get too far off topic, from the Guardian:
The document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk – regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing.
The secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (Fisa) granted the order to the FBI on April 25, giving the government unlimited authority to obtain the data for a specified three-month period ending on July 19.
Under the terms of the blanket order, the numbers of both parties on a call are handed over, as is location data, call duration, unique identifiers, and the time and duration of all calls. The contents of the conversation itself are not covered.
The disclosure is likely to reignite longstanding debates in the US over the proper extent of the government’s domestic spying powers.
Under the Bush administration, officials in security agencies had disclosed to reporters the large-scale collection of call records data by the NSA, but this is the first time significant and top-secret documents have revealed the continuation of the practice on a massive scale under President Obama.
In case you didn’t catch that, both the Republican and Democratic presidents support this. Let’s go Jesse Ventura 2016…
And of course the symbol they’ve used for the internet data gathering program (PRISM) has a pyramid in it: