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Forum Post: NSA Snooping Was Only the Beginning. Meet the Spy Chief Leading Us Into Cyberwar | Threat Level...

Posted 6 years ago on June 13, 2013, 12:57 a.m. EST by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC
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The Secret War

Infiltration. sabotage. mayhem. for years four-star general keith alexander has been building a secret army capable of launching devastating cyberattacks. now it’s ready to unleash hell.

Inside Fort Meade, Maryland, a top-secret city bustles. Tens of thousands of people move through more than 50 buildings—the city has its own post office, fire department, and police force. But as if designed by Kafka, it sits among a forest of trees, surrounded by electrified fences and heavily armed guards, protected by antitank barriers, monitored by sensitive motion detectors, and watched by rotating cameras. To block any telltale electromagnetic signals from escaping, the inner walls of the buildings are wrapped in protective copper shielding and the one-way windows are embedded with a fine copper mesh.

This is the undisputed domain of General Keith Alexander, a man few even in Washington would likely recognize. Never before has anyone in America’s intelligence sphere come close to his degree of power, the number of people under his command, the expanse of his rule, the length of his reign, or the depth of his secrecy. A four-star Army general, his authority extends across three domains: He is director of the world’s largest intelligence service, the National Security Agency; chief of the Central Security Service; and commander of the US Cyber Command. As such, he has his own secret military, presiding over the Navy’s 10th Fleet, the 24th Air Force, and the Second Army.

more: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/06/general-keith-alexander-cyberwar/



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[-] 2 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 6 years ago

NSA revelations only 'the tip of the iceberg,' says Dem lawmaker

The federal surveillance programs revealed in media reports are just "the tip of the iceberg," a House Democrat said Wednesday. Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) said lawmakers learned "significantly more" about the spy programs at the National Security Agency (NSA) during a briefing on Tuesday with counterterrorism officials.
"What we learned in there," Sanchez said, "is significantly more than what is out in the media today." Lawmakers are barred from revealing the classified information they receive in intelligence briefings, and Sanchez was careful not to specify what members might have learned about the NSA's work. "I can't speak to what we learned in there, and I don't know if there are other leaks, if there's more information somewhere, if somebody else is going to step up, but I will tell you that I believe it's the tip of the iceberg," she said.

Sanchez's remarks on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" came a day after House lawmakers were briefed by national security officials on clandestine data collection programs. The briefing was meant to convince lawmakers that the surveillance programs are legal and necessary in fighting counterterrorism — an argument President Obama and other administration officials have made. Lawmakers demanded the briefings after revelations last week about the NSA's collection of phone records and Internet data, and Sanchez said lawmakers were "astounded" by what they heard. "I think it's just broader than most people even realize, and I think that's, in one way, what astounded most of us, too," Sanchez said of the briefing.

from: http://thehill.com/video/house/305047-dem-rep-lawmakers-learned-significantly-more-about-surveillance-programs-in-nsa-briefing

[-] 0 points by TheRoot (305) from New York, NY 6 years ago

In their briefing from the NSA, Representative Sanchez and other lawmakers were privy to what amounted to a report from the Gestapo.

[-] 2 points by Nevada1 (5843) 6 years ago

When TPTB decide to 'Pull The Trigger', the internet as we know it will be instantly gone.

[-] 1 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 6 years ago

that might be hard to do... considering how much of the economy is centered around the internet

[-] 2 points by Nevada1 (5843) 6 years ago

Yes, there will be online opportunities for corporations to make money. But sharing of thoughts and info as we are doing now, will be forbidden.

[-] 2 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 6 years ago

nah... I can't see that happening.... first who would they have to chase ... if no-one was rebelling ;)

but even if it did happen.... the technology already exists for us to build our own wireless network.... from computer to computer....

[-] 0 points by Theeighthpieceuv8 (-32) from Seven Sisters, Wales 6 years ago

Man, if only I was thirty years younger.