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Salon: Is the NSA Spying on U.S. Internet Traffic?

Posted on Jun 20, 2006
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Two former AT&T workers have told Salon that the telecom company has maintained a secret, highly secured room in a St. Louis network operations center where, the two workers were told, employees have been “monitoring network traffic.” Salon’s security experts say the operation has all the hallmarks of an NSA operation.

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    In a pivotal network operations center in metropolitan St. Louis, AT&T has maintained a secret, highly secured room since 2002 where government work is being conducted, according to two former AT&T workers once employed at the center.

    In interviews with Salon, the former AT&T workers said that only government officials or AT&T employees with top-secret security clearance are admitted to the room, located inside AT&T’s facility in Bridgeton. The room’s tight security includes a biometric “mantrap” or highly sophisticated double door, secured with retinal and fingerprint scanners. The former workers say company supervisors told them that employees working inside the room were “monitoring network traffic” and that the room was being used by “a government agency.”

    The details provided by the two former workers about the Bridgeton room bear the distinctive earmarks of an operation run by the National Security Agency, according to two intelligence experts with extensive knowledge of the NSA and its operations. In addition to the room’s high-tech security, those intelligence experts told Salon, the exhaustive vetting process AT&T workers were put through before being granted top-secret security clearance points to the NSA, an agency known as much for its intense secrecy as its technological sophistication.


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    By Tom Lee, January 15, 2007 at 12:18 pm Link to this comment
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    Don’t worry, it couldn’t happen here.  Now, go back to sleep, citizen.

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    By notguilty, December 4, 2006 at 10:32 am Link to this comment
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    if you have not committed a crime you have nothing to worry about.

    if you are that paranoid, quit pot or mask your identity better.

    if the gov’t abuses its power the people in the US will vote them out or hold those responsible accountable

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    By nava albert robert, November 1, 2006 at 3:21 pm Link to this comment
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    By Asad Tehseen Hamed, October 15, 2006 at 7:45 am Link to this comment
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    In present age crimes have no boundry. crime ratio is growing up day by day. Its harmful to the all human communities. such kind of monitoring ofcourse make an interfarnce and dishoner anyone’s privacy. But question is that its not a new thing evry where in the world and in every age in past and present its kind of things have always been part of normal living. In a civilized and developed human socitey its kind of things are not good. but if the govt agencies conduct such things its ofcourse need of that time. depends on the law and order conditions. in simple words, its bearable instead of a crime.
    Asad Tehseen Hamed
    Ph.D. student (International Law Enforcement)
    Area Study Centre for Europe,
    University of Karachi.
    .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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    By jurl willot, August 21, 2006 at 5:00 pm Link to this comment
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    Fear of the threat of hurt is potent beyound ration.

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    By Richard, June 21, 2006 at 1:48 pm Link to this comment
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    When you look back at Nazi Germany you have to wonder how the German people could have been so gullible or so easily manipulated by specters of bogeymen to have surrendered their rights. Maybe blackmail had something to do with it, and maybe not. I’m sure the late J. Edgar Hoover could fill us in on that one.

    Sadly, today you can see the American people doing the same thing—placidly allowing themselves to be spied on and losing countless other rights in the name of an open-ended “war on terror.”

    The upside for the German people was that Hitler was not the leader of the strongest country in the world and he was eventually overthrown. Who’s going to rescue us from Chancellor Bush?

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    By Druthers, June 21, 2006 at 9:13 am Link to this comment
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    It is difficult to imagine that this information trolling is for any reason other that blackmailing whomever they chose.  A means to trample, squeeze, stifle—in short power. 
    Peeping Toms, eavesdropping, torture, these are perversions that lead to greater perversions.  Step by step.

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