Rise of the Global Police State
April 28, 2012
The data being collected by the NSA, FBI and DHS is being converted to technological weapons against the American public. This surveillance will undoubtedly be used as criminal evidence for trial.
The inception of NSA-GCHQ ECHELON system with the immensely profitable Surveillance Industrial Complex has become a technologically advanced interception system as journalist Nicky Hager predicted in 1996.
ECHELON was designed to extract massive amounts of data indiscriminately. A covert system of interception facilities were built to spy on the world’s satellites, international telecommunication, and radio communications. ECHELON was the link between all these and provided the US government with high tech surveillance capabilities for its time.
Whether blanket spying or eavesdropping, the intelligence community could sit back covertly and mine for data without detection.
According to James Bamford , “the Pentagon is attempting to expand its worldwide communications network, known as the Global Information Grid, to handle yottabytes (10 to the 24th bytes) of data. (A yottabyte is a septillion bytes–so large that no one has yet coined a term for the next higher magnitude.) . . . “It needs that capacity because, according to a recent report by Cisco, global Internet traffic will quadruple from 2010 to 2015 . . . reaching 966 exabytes per year. (A million exabytes equal a yottabyte.) … Thus, the NSA’s need for a 1-million-square-foot data storehouse. Should the agency ever fill the Utah center with a yottabyte of information, it would be equal to about 500 quintillion (500,000,000,000,000,000,000) pages of text.”
William Binney, former NSA official and whistleblower, stated that, “Actually, I think the surveillance has increased. In fact, I would suggest that they’ve assembled on the order of 20 trillion transactions about U.S. citizens with other U.S. citizens.”