Sede de la NSA (National Security Agency) en Fort Meade, Maryland. Entre 35 y 55 mil empleados, nadie lo sabe ya que la NSA se niega a dar los números.
Un buen artículo de Wayne Madsen en el sitio web Strategic Culture. Para pensar, diría Peter Capussotto.
Título: NSA is All about Preserving the Power of the Aristocracy in a Dystopian World
Texto: "The National Security Agency (NSA) has launched yet another high-powered charm offensive. The world’s largest communications and cyber-warfare intelligence agency insists that it unprecedented surveillance infrastructure exists merely to protect U.S. national security from terrorists and foreign intelligence agents. In fact, the NSA conducts massive political and economic intelligence gathering in order to preserve the vested interests of the America’s aristocracy.
After facts about NSA’s massive global surveillance network came to light thanks to the revelations of NSA contractor and ex-CIA employee Edward Snowden, the Washington power elite circled the wagons in unison and proclaimed Snowden a traitor and NSA a virtuous protector of America’s national security.
President Barack Obama stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Republican House of Representatives Republican Speaker John Boehner, House Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein, Republican House Intelligence Committee chair and former FBI agent Mike Rogers, and Secretary of State John Kerry in demanding that Snowden be returned to the United States to face a dubious justice system. Democrats and Republicans hurled invectives at any country involved with Snowden’s flight as a political refugee: the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong, the People’s Republic of China, Russia, and Ecuador.
Hong Kong claimed that the U.S. request for Snowden’s extradition lacked clarity but Hong Kong also insisted the United States explain NSA’s telecommunications surveillance and hacking of computers in Hong Kong.
The Obama administration hit back at China for refusing to violate the system of «one country, two systems» and force Hong Kong to return Snowden to the United States. Obama also condemned Russia for refusing to deport Snowden from Moscow to the United States. The arrogance and hypocrisy of Obama was on full display as the Obama administration has forcefully applied the U.S. «Magnitsky Law» to Russia. The law bans senior Russian government officials from traveling to the United States because of Russia’s alleged «human rights violations.»
Ecuador, which provided Snowden a refugee document on which to travel internationally after his U.S. passport was revoked by Kerry, was warned by Washington of «severe repercussions.» The more Washington bared its chest and stomped its feet, the more it became a laughing stock to the rest of the world. Here was a failing superpower possessing the world’s largest surveillance system crying like a spoiled child because its global system of collecting intelligence from which to blackmail and intimidate political leaders was exposed by one lone individual for all the world to see. China’s Mao Zedong once referred to the United States as a «paper tiger.» However, Obama has shown the world that America is merely a meaningless piece of paper masquerading as a democratic Constitution and no longer even a tiger.
Obama, in defending NSA’s surveillance power, never once was asked about the participation of NSA director General Keith Alexander at five meetings of the global elitist Bilderberg Conference. Alexander laughably claims he is protecting the American people from a constantly changing number of terrorist attacks. In fact, Alexander is what Marine Corps General Smedley Butler once called a «finger man,» someone who identifies enemies to the power elite. Butler, who launched Marine invasions of Mexico, Haiti, Cuba, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and China, lamented that he had been a «racketeer for capitalism.» Today, those like Alexander and his supporters in government are «racketeers for fascism.»
That NSA and its British partner, Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), operate outside any recognized international laws and bounds is exemplified by disclosures such as the fact that GCHQ, on behalf of the NSA, taps into the TAT-14 transatlantic cable linking Blaabjerg, Denmark to Norden, East Friesland, Germany to Katwijk, Netherlands to St. Valery-en-Caux, France, to Bude, Cornwall, England to Tuckerton, New Jersey. At Bude, the GCHQ and NSA jointly tap the cable to data mine Internet and phone traffic for ultimate storage in the NSA PRISM meta-data system, much of which will be stored at the massive NSA Utah data center in Bluffdale, Utah. The Bude tapping operation is code-named TEMPORA and its details were disclosed by Snowden.
Britain has always been considered an American intelligence «Trojan horse» within the European Union and the Bude cable tap highlighted the fact that the U.S.-British intelligence alliance outweighed all other alliances and agreements, including the Maastricht Treaty and the NATO treaty. The United States and United Kingdom were jointly spying on their German, French, Dutch, and Danish «allies.» Yet, even with this revelation, bilateral intelligence agreements, whereby NSA received signals intelligence intercepts from the intelligence agencies of Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, and, to a somewhat lesser extent, France, so-called «Third Parties,» continued without regard to the Bude cable eavesdropping. Essentially, priorities for spying had priority over all other multinational or bilateral agreements, whether they were military, economic, or otherwise.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague, a privileged courtier for the global elites, defended the NSA-GCHQ alliance while speaking at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California. Meanwhile, the Justice Minister of the German state of Hesse, told Handelsblatt that «Great Britain is the data leech of the European Union.» The federal German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, called the TEMPORA operation a «Hollywood nightmare.»
Hollywood has long produced films about dystopian futures where dark forces have assumed control over the private lives of the people of the planet. Today, science fiction has become science fact with repeated disclosures about how wide-reaching NSA’s surveillance has become. Former Bill Clinton and George W. Bush counter-terrorism «czar» Richard Clarke commented that the fiery car accident death of journalist Michael Hastings in Los Angeles may have been the result of the hacking into his Mercedes computer, speeding the care up and sending it into a deadly crash. Hastings had, among other things, been looking into the NSA surveillance system that Snowden exposed and he sent an e-mail before his death that the FBI had him under surveillance. Although Hastings’s death occurred on the streets near Hollywood, this was no Hollywood action stunt. It was frighteningly real and NSA has become the dark ultra-secret agency portrayed in countless movies ranging from «1984» and «V for Vendetta» to «Soylent Green» and «Fahrenheit 451».
Former NSA satellite signals intelligence operator and analyst Russ Tice is on the record stating that the NSA and its alliance partners spare no one in their surveillance net. In 2004, the surveillance was aimed at a newly-elected U.S. senator from Illinois named Barack Obama. The imagination places no limits on what sort of blackmail personal information NSA now holds over the head of President Obama, someone who has complied with every dictate from the U.S. intelligence infrastructure. Today, Obama believes he is in control of the NSA spying network. In fact, he is not. And in January 2017 when he leaves office, he, like Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, and Lyndon Johnson before him will become the targets of NSA surveillance, even as members of the very elite fraternity of ex-presidents. Those who control the NSA panopticon of surveillance are even more elite than the ex-presidents club.
Others monitored by NSA include all sitting members of the U.S. Congress, every governor of the 50 states and territories, every celebrity, in fact, everyone who uses an electronic communications device or network anywhere in the world, from the busy streets of Hong Kong and Cairo to the very remote city of Kyzyl in the Tuva Republic of Siberia and Grytviken on the Antarctic island of South Georgia…
Even if the people of the world rose up to destroy the system of overbearing surveillance, they would not know where to start. The surveillance is everywhere but the masters of the system are well hidden from their own omniscient sensors.