August 4, 2013
An article posted on the Cryptome website adds dimension to the NSA surveillance apparatus.
In addition to X-Keyscore, the NSA computer system used to analyze internet data (the government would like you to believe only harmless meta-data is collected and analyzed), a look at LinkedIn and other social media reveals dozens of other espionage tools and programs used to snoop on us.
“LinkedIn and other social media, job recruiters, conference sponsors, have since 9/11 rushed to fill burgeoning ‘intel analyst’ positions, many military and official spy-trained, now seeking greater pay and perks on the cyberespionage market,” Cryptome reported on August 3. “These ‘intel analyst’ job seekers and holders (happily ‘endorsing’ each other) parade the codenames of espionage tools and programs they have mastered, XKeyscore only one among” a long list of tools discovered.
Here is a list of espionage tools and programs used by the NSA and “HUMINT androids safely bunkered for intimately wielding their remote-spying apparatus”:
AGILEVIEW, AGILITY, AIRGAP/COZEN, AIGHANDLER, ANCHORY/MAUI, ARCANAPUP, ARTEMIS, ASSOCIATION, AUTOSOURCE, BEAMER, BELLVIEW, BLACKPEARL, CADENCE/GAMUT, CHALKFUN, CINEPLEX, CLOUD, COASTLINE, COMMONVIEW, CONTRAOCTAVE, CONVERGENCE, COURIERSKILL, CREEK, CREST, CROSSBONES, CPE, CULTWEAVE, CYBERTRANS, DISHFIRE, DOUBLEARROW, DRAGONFLY, Enhanced WEALTHYCLUSTER (EWC), ETHEREAL (maybe opensource network analysis?), FASCIA, FASTSCOPE, FOREMAN, GAMUT/UTT, GISTQUEUE, GJALLER, GLAVE, GLOBALREACH, GOLDMINER, GOLDPOINT, GOSSAMER, GROWLER, HERCULES (CIA terror database) HIGHTIDE/SKYWRITER, HOMEBASE, INFOSHARE, JOLLYROGER, KINGFISH, LIQUIDFIRE, MAINWAY, MARINA, MASTERLINK, MASTERSHAKE, MAUI/ANCHORY, MESSIAH, METTLESOME, NEWHORIZONS, NIGHTSURF, NORMALRUN/CHEWSTICK/FALLENORACLE, NUCLEON, OCTAVE, PATHMASTER/MAILORDER, PINWALE, PANOPTICON, PRESENTER, PROTON, RAVENWING, RENOIR, ROADBED, SCORPIOFORE/CPE, SHARKFINN, SKOPE, SKYWRITER, SNAPE, SPOTBEAM, STINGRAY; SURREY, TAPERLAY, TAROTCARD, TEMPTRESS, TRACFIN, TRAILMAPPER, TREASUREMAP, TRICKLER, TUNINGFORK/SEEKER, TURMOIL, TUSKATTIRE, TWISTEDPATH, UIS/PINWALE, UTT, WEALTHYCLUSTER, WIRESHARK (opensource network analysis?) WITCHHUNT, XKEYSCORE, YELLOWSTONE/SPLITGLASS
“The list of codenames aren’t siphoned off Linkedin but compiled over time to help look for interesting intelligence professionals and connections –- a lot from William Arkin’s excellent work,” Cryptome notes. Arkin, who served in Army intelligence in the 1970s, has documented how the post-9/11 intelligence system has grown so large that no one can know its size or estimate its effectiveness.
While the Cryptome article cited above covers intel ops conducted at embassies around the world, we can safely extrapolate this to the domestic surveillance revealed by Edward Snowden.
As the above makes painfully obvious, there can be no doubt we live in a high-tech Stasi police state. The NSA and its apologists like to pretend the government only collects harmless meta-data on its citizens, but in fact, as the massive server farm in Utah reveals, it is collecting everything we do on the internet and over the telecommunication system.
Most Americans, of course, have nothing to worry about (if they don’t mind 24-7 surveillance), so long as they pay their taxes and don’t get involved in politics that threaten the status quo and the financial elite. The brave new Stasi surveillance is primarily designed to monitor and create expansive dossiers on the political enemies of the state so they can be dealt with when the time comes… a time that may not be far off.