Expansion of Surveillance and Intelligence Community Empower Big Brother
Susanne Posel, Contributor
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
The Intelligence Community (IC) is growing by leaps and bounds since its inception in 1964, when it was called the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Through “acquisition of raw information” through “interviews, technical and physical surveillance, human source operation, searches, and liaison relationships; information can be gathered from open, covert, electronic, and satellite sources.”
Collaborations with the National Security Agency (NSA) and National Intelligence form policies and procedures that define signals intelligence – wherein the “interception of signals, whether between people, between machines, or a combination of both” are utilized along with imagery intelligence that monitors wither electronically or optically “film, electronic devices or other media” for the purpose of classifying information collected for dissemination, archival and quick retrieval.
The IC took $1.8 billion out of its annual $5 billion budget to build a headquarters that is bigger than the Pentagon and can house 16,000 employees that can perform the task of “the nation’s primary source of geospatial intelligence, or GEOINT.”