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  • Drudge: Big Sis Wants to See Under Your Clothes

    01/07/2010 7:13:06 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 26 replies · 1,935+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | Jan. 7, 2010 | Drudge
  • NSA Is Giving Microsoft Some Help On Windows 7 Security

    11/18/2009 8:33:06 AM PST · by FromLori · 35 replies · 991+ views
    NPR ^ | 11/18/09 | Kevin Whitelaw
    The National Security Agency has been working with Microsoft Corp. to help improve security measures for its new Windows 7 operating system, a senior NSA official said on Tuesday. The confirmation of the NSA's role, which began during the development of the software, is a sign of the agency's deepening involvement with the private sector when it comes to building defenses against cyberattacks. "Working in partnership with Microsoft and (the Department of Defense), NSA leveraged our unique expertise and operational knowledge of system threats and vulnerabilities to enhance Microsoft's operating system security guide without constraining the user's ability to perform...
  • NSA To Build $1.5 Billion Cybersecurity Data Center

    11/02/2009 1:56:50 PM PST · by markomalley · 24 replies · 1,532+ views
    Information Week ^ | 10/29/2009 | J. Nicholas Hoover
    The National Security Agency, whose job it is to protect national security systems, will soon break ground on a data center in Utah that's budgeted to cost $1.5 billion. The NSA is building the facility to provide intelligence and warnings related to cybersecurity threats, cybersecurity support to defense and civilian agency networks, and technical assistance to the Department of Homeland Security, according to a transcript of remarks by Glenn Gaffney, deputy director of national intelligence for collection, who is responsible for oversight of cyber intelligence activities in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. "Our country must continue to...
  • NSA to store yottabytes of surveillance data in Utah megarepository

    11/01/2009 7:06:31 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 52 replies · 1,960+ views
    Crunchgear ^ | November 1. 2009 | by Devin Coldewey
    There’s an interesting article in the current New York Review of books (predictably, a book review) detailing the history of the National Security Agency, that shadowy power-behind-the-power to which we surrender much of our privacy. That in itself is interesting, but I found the introduction a bit shocking: the NSA is constructing a datacenter in the Utah desert that they project will be storing yottabytes of surveillance data. And what is a yottabyte? I’m glad you asked. There are a thousand gigabytes in a terabyte, a thousand terabytes in a petabyte, a thousand petabytes in an exabyte, a thousand exabytes...
  • Camp Williams to get 'spy center'

    10/23/2009 4:41:38 PM PDT · by frankenMonkey · 4 replies · 415+ views
    Deseret News ^ | 10/23/2009 | Lisa Riley Roche
    One of the worst-kept secrets in Utah was made official Friday with the announcement that Camp Williams will be the site of a new national cybersecurity data center. The site beat out 37 others nationwide for a $1.5 billion project that will employ as many as 10,000 workers during construction and between 100 and 200 once it becomes operational in two years.
  • Jim Jones and his worrisome ties

    10/05/2009 1:57:44 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies · 908+ views
    American Thinker ^ | October 5, 2009 | Ed Lasky
    America's National Security Adviser Jim Jones over the weekend gave a pass to Iran, dismissing concerns that the regime had a nuclear arms program that was dangerously close to success. He stood by the 2007 National Intelligence Estimate that was widely criticized as being grievously flawed when it stated that Iran did not have a nuclear weapons program. That report was discredited two years ago but apparently Jones has his finger to the wind and changed his mind to suit his political patrons. But this shifting to suit politicians is par for the course for him -- he has also done...

    10/02/2009 11:59:14 AM PDT · by Cindy · 13 replies · 414+ views ^ | October 2, 2009 | n/a
    Quote: 02 October 2009 REGARDING FORUMS The disruption of forums, a study of what is wrong with jihadi forums from the jihadi perspective, and another 'oh allah, the forums are all down' post Sample of the colorful commentary: Posted on 02 October 2009 @ 13:06
  • W. Va. dad makes son cannon to fulfill birthday wish

    08/31/2009 12:09:21 PM PDT · by anymouse · 69 replies · 3,982+ views
    Charleston Daily Mail ^ | August 29, 2009 | Times West Virginian
    Mike Daugherty asked his 11-year-old son Logan what he wanted for his birthday. The boy said, "I want a cannon." Dad didn't scoff at Logan's request by saying, "How about a hippopotamus instead," as a Christmas song from another era lamented. No, Daugherty is not that kind of guy. He granted his son's wish and built him a Civil War-era cannon not a model, the real deal. The howitzer fires and rivals anything seen at Civil War reenactments across the country. He said it took him about two weeks to build and is worth about $6,000. "It looks like something...
  • NSA Building Massive Data Center in Utah

    07/10/2009 4:59:49 AM PDT · by Gomez · 15 replies · 1,056+ views
    They're expanding: The years-in-the-making project, which may cost billions over time, got a $181 million start last week when President Obama signed a war spending bill in which Congress agreed to pay for primary construction, power access and security infrastructure. The enormous building, which will have a footprint about three times the size of the Utah State Capitol building, will be constructed on a 200-acre site near the Utah National Guard facility's runway. Congressional records show that initial construction -- which may begin this year -- will include tens of millions in electrical work and utility construction, a $9.3 million...
  • Cybersecurity Plan to Involve NSA, Telecoms DHS Officials Debating The Privacy Implications

    07/08/2009 1:20:18 PM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies · 550+ views
    WASHINGTON ^ | Friday, July 3, 2009 | By Ellen Nakashima
    "Cybersecurity Plan to Involve NSA, Telecoms DHS Officials Debating The Privacy Implications" SNIPPET: "The Obama administration will proceed with a Bush-era plan to use National Security Agency assistance in screening government computer traffic on private-sector networks, with AT&T as the likely test site, according to three current and former government officials. President Obama said in May that government efforts to protect computer systems from attack would not involve "monitoring private-sector networks or Internet traffic," and Department of Homeland Security officials say the new program will scrutinize only data going to or from government systems."
  • NSA To Spend $1.8 Billion on New Data Center

    07/06/2009 4:36:22 PM PDT · by FromLori · 20 replies · 938+ views
    Techgeist ^ | 7/6/09
    The United States’ National Security Agency (NSA) is planning on spending around $1.8 billion to build itself a new, million square foot data center in Fort Williams, Utah, according to a document on military construction for 2009. This branching out is largely due to the fact that the NSA’s power bill is too much, so the move is in hopes of doing the same work in a place where electricity is cheaper. The initial infrastructure is for 65MW of power distribution, but it seems that the ultimate plan is to build a 5.8 million square foot “campus” at its current...
  • Privacy Concerns: Is Einstein Listening and Watching You?

    07/05/2009 10:29:14 AM PDT · by luckybogey · 3 replies · 432+ views
    LuckyBogey's Blog ^ | July 5, 2009 | LuckyBogey
    The Obama administration will proceed with a Bush-era plan to use National Security Agency assistance in screening government computer traffic on private-sector networks, with AT&T as the likely test site, according to three current and former government officials. — “We absolutely intend to use the technical resources, the substantial ones, that NSA has. But . . . they will be guided, led and in a sense directed by the people we have at the Department of Homeland Security,” the department’s secretary, Janet Napolitano, told reporters in a discussion about cybersecurity efforts. … The program is the most controversial element of...
  • Psst. Big spy center is coming to Utah

    07/02/2009 6:24:02 PM PDT · by glock rocks · 74 replies · 1,545+ views
    Deseret News [Salt Lake, UT] ^ | July 2, 2009 | Amy Joi O'Donoghue
    Psst: The super-secretive National Security Agency is about to build a huge, $1.9 billion data center at Camp Williams, Utah, to help spy on communications worldwide. The planned work there is so sensitive and classified that Utah's congressional delegation is declining to talk about it, saying it doesn't want to accidentally step over any lines about what can and cannot be disclosed. They referred inquiries to the NSA, which provided only a brief statement confirming the center is coming to Utah.
  • NSA monitors millions of American e-mails

    06/20/2009 7:25:08 AM PDT · by FromLori · 53 replies · 1,334+ views
    (WSWS) -- Several current and former agents within the National Security Agency (NSA), speaking on condition of anonymity, have told the New York Times that the spy agency likely monitors millions of e-mail communications and telephone calls made by Americans. The new revelations follow the disclosure in April that the NSA’s monitoring of domestic e-mail traffic broke the law in 2008 and 2009. Last year, Congress passed legislation providing the NSA greater latitude to spy on the communications of Americans, so long as it resulted inadvertently from the agency’s efforts to spy on foreigners or those it “reasonably believed” to...
  • Washington whispers: Gates to replace Jones?

    06/12/2009 10:01:20 AM PDT · by SvenMagnussen · 1 replies · 354+ views
    Foreign Policy ^ | June 11, 2009 | Tom Ricks
    I am picking up the vibe that some powerful people want to have Defense Secretary Robert Gates move over to the White House to replace retired Marine Gen. James Jones as national security advisor. Maybe this is the reason Gates made pro-Jones comments to Washington Post columnist David Ignatius the other day. "I think of Jim as the glue that holds this team together," Gates said.
  • Pentagon Seeks High School Hackers

    05/22/2009 10:35:55 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 21 replies · 940+ views
    Forbes ^ | 5/21/2009 | Andy Greenberg
    As a cyber space race looms, the military is looking for a few good geeks. High school hackers, crackers and digital deviants: Uncle Sam wants you. As part of a government information security review released as early as Friday, White House interim cybersecurity chief Melissa Hathaway likely will mention a new military-funded program aimed at leveraging an untapped resource: the U.S.' population of geeky high school and college students. The so-called Cyber Challenge, which will be officially announced later this month, will create three new national competitions for high school and college students intended to foster a young generation of...
  • US needs 'digital warfare force'

    05/05/2009 9:56:39 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 511+ views
    BBC News ^ | 5/5/09 | BBC
    The head of America's National Security Agency says that America needs to build a digital warfare force for the future, according to reports. Lt Gen Keith Alexander, who also heads the Pentagon's new Cyber Command, outlined his views in a report for the House Armed Services subcommittee. In it, he stated that the US needed to reorganise its offensive and defensive cyber operations. The general also said more resources and training were needed. The report, part of which was outlined in an Associated Press news agency story, is due to be presented to the subcommittee on Tuesday. During the past...
  • Who is watching the Watchmen? [Bush DHS commissioned infamous "right-wing extremism" report]

    05/05/2009 9:19:37 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 29 replies · 1,321+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 2009-05-05 | Gene Healy
    April was a cruel month indeed for new Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. The weeks before the Swine Flu outbreak found her stumbling through reporters’ questions about a DHS threat assessment memo on “Rightwing Extremism.” That memo urged law enforcers nationwide to monitor the allegedly gathering danger from Rightist radicals, including pro-lifers, immigration opponents, and those who reject “federal authority in favor of state and local authority.” Was this a sinister conspiracy by an administration full of Chard-sipping arugula eaters determined to spy on Red-State patriots? That‘s quite unlikely: The memo was commissioned during the Bush administration, as was a...
  • It wasn't an NSA tap on Harman's telephone line

    04/28/2009 12:08:28 AM PDT · by Tom_Busch · 5 replies · 1,535+ views
    American Thinker Blog ^ | April 27, 2009 | Clarice Feldman
    "I knew it! The NSA was not the agency tapping Rep. Jane Harman's calls" "The NSA story never made any sense." "The only other agency that has authority to place wiretaps on calls inside the United States is the Justice Department. It requires court approval."
  • Pelosi Knew About Harman Wiretap Years Ago

    04/22/2009 10:50:29 AM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 32 replies · 1,915+ views
    Roll Call ^ | 4-22-2009 | Tory Newmyer
    Pelosi Knew About Harman Wiretap By Tory Newmyer Roll Call Staff April 22, 2009, 1:50 p.m. Pelosi Knew About Harman Wiretap Report on Detainees Raises New Questions for Obama Hoyer Voices Concern Over Wiretapping of Members Democratic Senate Women to Headline Event for Gillibrand NAFCU Board Votes to Publicly Oppose Cram-Down The National Security Agency briefed Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) “a few years ago” that they had wiretapped Rep. Jane Harman (D-Calif.), Pelosi revealed Wednesday. But Pelosi said she was not told what federal eavesdroppers picked up on the call — and never alerted Harman to it. “It was not...