January 6, 2011
Utah will be home to NSA’s mega-surveillance program under the aegis of the formerly secret Comprehensive National Cyber-security Initiative.
|The NSA is not empowered to track down Latvia hackers but to keep tabs on Americans who disagree with the government.|
“Today’s groundbreaking for a $1.5 billion National Security Administration data center is being billed as important in the short term for construction jobs and important in the long term for Utah’s reputation as a technology center,” reports Deseret News today.
“This will bring 5,000 to 10,000 new jobs during its construction and development phase,” boasted Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. “Once completed, it will support 100 to 200 permanent high-paid employees.”
The new “data center” will probably function as the Department of Homeland Security’s “Social Networking Monitoring Center,” an effort outed late last year by the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The EFF inititated a FIOA request and received documents revealing that the DHS vacuums up data and “items of interest” on the American people.
The DHS used the system to monitor social media networks during Barry Obama’s inauguration. “DHS collected a massive amount of data on individuals and organizations explicitly tied” to the inauguration, according to the documents obtained by the EFF.
The DHS-NSA collaboration to surveil the American people is part of National Security Presidential Directive 54/Homeland Security Presidential Directive 23, signed by Bush in early 2008. “This initiative created a series of classified programs with a total budget of approximately $30 billion. Many of these programs remain secret and their activities are largely unknown to the public,” reports Public Intelligence.
The Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative scheme is a textbook example of fascism. CNCI is described as “an effort to encourage information sharing between the public and private sector called ‘Project 12’,” in other words an effort by the government roll over the private sector.
PI “recently acquired the key report from the Project 12 meetings: Improving Protection of Privately Owned Critical Network Infrastructure Through Public-Private Partnerships. This 35-page, For Official Use Only report is a guide to creating public-private partnerships that facilitate the implementation of ‘actionable recommendations that [reflect] the reality of shared responsibility between the public and private sectors with respect to securing the nation’s cyber assets, networks, systems, and functions’.”
Project 12 emphasizes the “promotion of public-private partnerships that legalize and facilitate the flow of information between federal entities and private sector critical infrastructure, such as telecommunications and transportation.”
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So-called public-private partnerships are based on the economic model proposed by Italy’s dictator, Benito Mussolini, the former radical socialist and the grand daddy of fascism.
“The ultimate goal of these partnerships” an analyst writes, “is not simply to increase the flow of ‘threat information’ from government agencies to private industry, but to facilitate greater ‘information sharing’ between those companies and the federal government.”
Cyber-security is the next phase in the war on terror, in actuality a war on the American people, or more specifically on American citizens who disagree with the government and threaten to overturn the statist apple cart through political activism.
The Stasi-like apparatus to be built for the NSA and DHS by the death merchant Raytheon’s Intelligence and Information Services division “would rely on a set of sensors deployed in computer networks for critical infrastructure that would be triggered by unusual activity suggesting an impending cyber attack,” according to the Wall Street Journal.
“The overall purpose of the [program] is our Government… feel[s] that they need to insure the Public Sector is doing all they can to secure Infrastructure critical to our National Security,” Tim Shorrock wrote for CorpWatch last year.
As noted by the Wall Street Journal, the the program – known as Perfect Citizen and described as the NSA’s perfect spying tool – will have major implications “beyond the critical infrastructure sector,” in other words it will transcend so-called cybersecurity and engineered threats absurdly hyped by the government and its Mockingbird propaganda asset, the corporate media.
Perfect Citizen – described unabashedly as Big Brother by Raytheon – also serves as a perfect excuse to expand the surveillance and control grid to privately owned and operated networks.
The NSA and DHS are not particularly interested in al-Qaeda’s cartoonish phantom hackers in caves or threats supposedly posed to our not so susceptible infrastructure by China or Russia. The NSA is more interested in tracking and snooping antiwar and peace activists than some kid in Latvia – as Jay Rockefeller famously put it – meddling with power grids not hooked up to the internet.
In addition to suspect enemies of the state protesting against illegal and immoral wars, the NSA has expended a vast amount of resources in its effort to surveil average Americans. “The NSA program reaches into homes and businesses across the nation by amassing information about the calls of ordinary Americans — most of whom aren’t suspected of any crime,” USA Today reported in 2006.
USA Today misses the point. The idea is not to track down criminals and supposed terrorists, but to track and trace the American people and keep tabs on their political activity. If need be, this political activity can be “neutralized,” as J. Edgar Hoover put it when he described the FBI’s COINTELPRO, the illegal covert program to destabilize and render ineffective political movements and on occasion assassinate their leaders.
Job One for government is to protect at all cost its monopoly on power. Osama bin Dead and his gaggle of CIA trained patsies do not threaten the fascist partnership between the government and multinational corporations – politically active citizens do.