We’re Watching You: Surveillance Expansion In the Land of the Free is Unprecedented In Human History
September 14th, 2011
“That capability at any time could be turned around on the American people and no American would have any privacy left, such [is] the capability to monitor everything: telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn’t matter.”
“There would be no place to hide. If this government ever became a tyrant, if a dictator ever took charge in this country, the technological capacity that the intelligence community has given the government could enable it to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back because the most careful effort to combine together in resistance to the government, no matter how privately it was done, is within the reach of the government to know. Such is the capability of this technology.”
Senator Frank Church
First Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee
August 17, 1975
Have you ever heard of a Yottabyte? To put this number into perspective consider the size of a terabyte, which is about the size of a typical modern hard drive. It can hold roughly 100 high definition DVD’s.
A yottabyte is 1,099,511,627,776 terabytes – or over 1 trillion terabytes of information.
This is important because according to a recent report from Politico, the National Security Agency (NSA), which is the security apparatus responsible for monitoring electronic communications across the globe, is building a new data warehousing center in Utah at the cost of $2 billion dollars. It will be housed in a one million square foot complex and be capable of storing at least one yottabyte of data.
We pointed out the various ways that the U.S. government is monitoring everything you do when we penned Americans, Everything You Do Is Monitored. Some of the feedback we received at the time indicated that many Americans still didn’t believe that the NSA, CIA, FBI and other US government agencies had the capabilities to do such a thing.
It turns out they do, and as Senator Church said in 1975, the technology even then was capable of imposing total tyranny. Imagine how far along they’ve come in 35 years: