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The Government Has Your Number — And Everything Else

Written by Gary North on March 21, 2012

When the government starts a spying operation, it’s close to impossible to kill it. This monstrosity never went away.

Stellar Wind is the open secret code name for certain information collection activities performed by the United States’ National Security Agency and revealed by Thomas M. Tamm to New York Times reporters James Risen and Eric Lichtblau. The operation was approved by President George W. Bush shortly after the September 11 attacks in 2001.

The program’s activities involve data mining of a large database of the communications of American citizens, including e-mail communications, phone conversations, financial transactions, and Internet activity.

There were internal disputes within the Justice Department about the legality of the program, because data is collected for large numbers of people, not just the subjects of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants.

In March 2004, the Justice Department under Attorney General John Ashcroft ruled that the program was illegal. The day after the ruling, Ashcroft became critically ill with acute pancreatitis. President Bush sent White House counsel Alberto Gonzales and Chief of Staff Andrew Card Jr. to Ashcroft’s hospital bed, where Ashcroft lay semiconscious, to request that he sign a document reversing the Justice Department’s ruling. However, Ashcroft was incapable of signing the document.

Bush then reauthorized the operation, over formal Justice Department objections. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director Robert Mueller, Acting Attorney General James Comey, and many prominent members of the Justice Department were prepared to resign over the matter. Valerie Caproni the FBI general counsel, said, “From my perspective, there was a very real likelihood of a collapse of government.” Bush subsequently reversed the authorization.

The program never went away. It ids about to be finished. This appeared in Wired, a popular magazine on high-tech breakthroughs. It was written by James Bamford, an expert on the National Security Agency, the spying operation.

Under construction by contractors with top-secret clearances, the blandly named Utah Data Center is being built for the National Security Agency. A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks. The heavily fortified $2 billion center should be up and running in September 2013. Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital “pocket litter.” It is, in some measure, the realization of the “total information awareness” program created during the first term of the Bush administration—an effort that was killed by Congress in 2003 after it caused an outcry over its potential for invading Americans’ privacy.

But “this is more than just a data center,” says one senior intelligence official who until recently was involved with the program. The mammoth Bluffdale center will have another important and far more secret role that until now has gone unrevealed. It is also critical, he says, for breaking codes. And code-breaking is crucial, because much of the data that the center will handle—financial information, stock transactions, business deals, foreign military and diplomatic secrets, legal documents, confidential personal communications—will be heavily encrypted. According to another top official also involved with the program, the NSA made an enormous breakthrough several years ago in its ability to cryptanalyze, or break, unfathomably complex encryption systems employed by not only governments around the world but also many average computer users in the US. The upshot, according to this official: “Everybody’s a target; everybody with communication is a target.”

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42 thoughts on “The Government Has Your Number — And Everything Else

  1. SEAN MURRY says:

    they can kiss my ass.

    • Beepster says:

      Who's that knocking on your front door screaming, "Bend and bear it!!!!" :-)

    • If they can find out everything about our lives,, than why can't they discover the mystery surrounding the Connecticut Social security number, presently used by Obama, but was originally issued to Jean Paul Ludwig, a man born in France in 1890,came to the USA in 1924 and was assigned the number in the mid 1930's and is used now by Obama.. Mr Ludwig, died in Hawaii and never collected Social Security. The number starting with 042-xxx-xxxx is very close to a deceased relative of mine. Very strange, that no one in DC has questioned the number, for according to the SS administration , numbers are never used twice., and the President never lived in Connecticut. I do not believe in reincarnation, so the mystery remains unanswered.

  2. aurora35 says:

    Goodbye freedom!

    • Jstarusa says:

      What freedom? We lost that a long time ago. Very little is left, and the administration is working on that.

  3. Bush, Obama and Romney they all smell the same to me but what do I know I’m just
    a frog and it seems to be getting warm.

  4. http://www.petition2congress.c... Go to this website to sign a petition to vet obama for eligibility to be president. He was never vetted in 08. Lame stream media was too busy lauding him as the hope of America.

    • Indiana Girl says:

      I had contacted Indiana Congressman Todd Rokia R, who replied in a letter, that it seems that the bill expired in 2010 for a President, Senator, Congressman to be vetted, however, this bill was never reactivated. What a shame!

    • Yr web page comes up for me with an internet problem…can't connect, hmmm

  5. MontanaMEL says:

    I just heard this morning that HSA has placed an order for "450 MILLION ROUNDS OF .40 S&W pistol ammo" along with some quantity of .223/5.56mm rifle ammo… This reportedly amounts to 22,500 rounds PER PERSON WITHIN THE HSA… Way more than even a WAR loadout for one of our rapid response forces, like the 82nd Airborne DIVISION!!!… My friend just said "google it" and it'll come up…didn't give me a direct link, yet..

  6. MontanaMEL says:

    CON'T…

    Things are about to get fully "out of hand" by the looks of it…Jug Ears' ratings have been flushed down the crapper of public opinion even further in the past month… His "forced" hit on OSBL is seen for just that…no guts no backbone… The Middle East is nothing but an open sore looking for someplace to puss on… This idiot in SecDef slot has told Congress to go pound sand, to their faces…on TV…no less. … Holder etal over at the DOJ have no credibility or pull left with the American people at large. AND…word has it that the FBI is about to unhinge from the entire mess therein… With the borders wide open, thanks to Jug ears' and his minions – we need a severe house cleaning and instead we are getting dumped on by truckloads of mis and dis information via our wonderbar MSM…

    It's time for everyone to form up with their other "few good men" and stand to for direct Constitutional saving actions!..

    November 4th, 2012 sure looks to be a far far away place…at the end of a crocked tunnel… Stay tight my brothers!

  7. YO VINNIE says:

    Maybe these low-life, creeps can see my extended middle finger in HD.

  8. kiddopup says:

    JUST make sure you are prepared for the collapse of our country because we are broke inflation is coming and plase protect your familey and friends find people like you that know what the truth is and never trust the mrdia try to find out the facts yourself on ant storie the media reports on

  9. Obama's whole administration is corrupt. When I told my friends that things like this would be on their way if Obama was elected they just scoffed at me. Well, they aren't scoffing anymore, It is time the we, the "silent majority", stopped being "silent" before our Constitution is set to flames along with our flags and the Bible.

    • NoMoreTaxes says:

      It's time PEOPLE STOP SLEEPING and DOING NOTHING. Here's a Favorite Quote: "All that's required for EVIL to triumph is for Good people to do nothing".
      All of you – PLEASE go Join YOUR nearst Tea Party – NUMBERS is POWER – Do something – Go to RALLIES – EMAIL Your Reps and Senators every day or at least EVERY WEEK! Also Your City Council Member – inform them of AGENDA 21 – ONE WORLD ORDER. GOOGLE: "Tom DeWeese AGENDA 21". IT's happening and has for some time now. All we need is a HUGH CRISIS (which Obama will CREATE) and it's OVER to FREEDOM, LIBERTY, etc. This 'may' happen BEFORE ELECTIONS. DON'T WAIT PEOPLE- GET GOING P-L-E-A-S-E……..

  10. Enslavement of the masses. This has been in the works for over 60 years and now they have the technology to accomplish it. Even if you hid under a rock, they will know which rock. Most Americans have nothing to hide because they love their country and will fight for the freedoms our Founding Fathers gave us and this is what bothers the government the most. Removing those freedoms is their main goal for total control. This makes it easier for them to accuse you for anything they earmark as suspicious and imprison you at one of their local Fema Prison Camps. Can't have you supporting the Constitution now, can they? Makes you a suspicious person of interest.

    Soon it will all come to a real nasty outcome.

    • OBAMAHATER4SURE says:

      Yes folks Orrie is correct it is coming to a real nasty outcome, my advice to all who are listening and watching the governments activities is, Keep you guns clean and well lubricated, buy as much ammo as you can now and keep it HI & DRY because your going to need it if OBUMMER gets re-elected for another 4 years because he will impliment as much invasion of your privacy as he puossibly can before declaring martial law (probably August 2012) and canceling the election and appointing himself as dicktator-and -chief forever more.
      Just remember be careful and don't get caught in the crossfire.

    • NoMoreTaxes says:

      Yes Orrie, you are talking about "The UN AGENDA 21". It's been in the US for approx. 60 years now. Republicans and DemocRATS are ALL in it together. (Most repub's and dems anyway. Probabaly only 5 in each party are any good)GOOGLE: "Tom DeWeese Agenda 21". Read all you can and you will see the Communist have been in this country for some time now(60 yrs) and implementing their communist ways in EDUCATION and all other ways into OUR lives.

    • DocJohnM says:

      Yes, soon the Brown Shirts and the SS will be appearing in a town near you!

  11. Pay attention: the drumbeat for the destruction of america is islam. By using their huge wealth taken through oil from the west they have bought much of the government. Judges are routinely bribed to provide favorable judgements to sharia. They will take over all the tools of Government to form America to their will. Be a muslim or a slave………

  12. Ladybug, They have stopped your web address to Vet obama from being opened. It just says the address can not be found.

  13. BARACK & MICHELLE OBAMA:
    *” Clinton all over again” – hates the military and looks down on the Secret Service. He is egotistical and cunning; looks you in the eye and appears to agree with you, but turns around and does the opposite—untrustworthy. He has temper tantrums.”
    **She is a complete bitch, who hates anybody who is not black; hates the military; and looks at the Secret Service as servants.”
    Vivek Kundra – Information Czar 
Born in  New Delhi,  India. Controls all public information, including labels and news releases. Monitors all private Internet emails”(HELLO?)” Dennis Blair – Intelligence Czar
 Retired US Navy. Stopped  US guided missile program he described as “provocative”. Chair of ultra-Liberal “Council on Foreign Relations” which blames American organizations for regional wars.Just Facts!

  14. Big brother is always watching you.

  15. let them make up all the unconstitutional laws they want..i will not obey them i obey jesus christ as my lord and savior ..along with the 2 ammendment ill be fine..win or lose i know where im going when i die..and i will die a free man not in some fema camp..and try to send as many as i can to HELL in the process

    • Dan, if you have Jesus Christ in your heart as your Savior you must not desire, as God doesn't, that 'any' man go to hell. Jesus came and suffered a very brutal death for all of us, it can't be just for one man or 'good' men, it was for all or it was for none! We love our enemies because it is the Lords kindness (served out through us) that leads men to repentance! If you want to see an amazing testimony of this then read 'tortured for Christ'…I promise it will open your heart towards the enemy and also prepare you for any potential camp that we may find ourselves in! In the Love of Christ, Cindy

  16. time to man up america

  17. This is why we need RON PAUL to return the constitutional restrictions of the government. This is why we need a Constitutional Conservative as President; That Man is Congressman Dr. RON PAUL as President in 2012 AD!
    When the people fear the government, that’s Tyranny!
    When the government fears the people, that’s Liberty!
    Now Is the Time for All Good Men and Women to come to the aid of Our Country!
    If Not Now, When?
    All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing!
    If Not You, Who?
    Make the Difference and Take a Stand with other Good Men and Women, Join Us Here!
    Info @ http://www.wakeupamerica.com/constitutionalbeliev
    Take Care and GOD BLESS!
    Sincerely
    Mr. Harris

  18. MAN UP IS THE BATTLE CRY THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN SOUNDED (4YRS)AGO.ALL IS NOT LOST FRIEND,GOD IS STILL ON HIS THRONE.HE SEES ALL,AND ALL YET TO COME.WE’RE LIVING IN THE END TIME,THE END OF AN AGE.ALL THOSE LIVING IN SIN WILL HAVE TO PAY UP.JESUS CHRIST IS A REAL BEING.THE DAYS PAST AND THE PRESENT ARE SPIRITUAL,NOT OF FLESH AND BLOOD.IT’S BEEN A SPIRITUAL BATTLE FROM ADAM & EVE TILL NOW.I DON’T BELIEVE THE WORLD IS BLIND.IN EACH ONE’S HEART A VOICE WAS TELLING THEM THINGS AREN’T RIGHT.YOU WONDER WHY THE GOVERNMENT KNOWS ALL ABOUT US,CONTROL!CHRIST HAS A COMPUTER TOO,BUT HIS COMPUTER KNOWS ALL ABOUT ALL.I SAY WHAT I SAY TO GET YOU TO MAN UP NOW.OUR TIME FOR A WORLD OF SIN IS SOON TO END.LIVE FOR JESUS CHRIST THE SON OF THE ONLY LIVING GOD.MAKE THINGS RIGHT WITH GOD WHILE YOU CAN.SOON ALL I’VE SAID WILL COME TRUE.REMEMBER OBAMA IS NOT KING,ONLY GOD IS THE ONE TRUE KING. GOD BLESS AMERICA & ISRAEL.

    • DocJohnM says:

      Amen

    • Amen hotrod! I pray many will read and hear about the good news of Jesus Christ and be saved…we must do as God commands and pray for our President and the administration…pray II Chron 7:14 that we will humble ourselves and turn back to God and He will heal our land! He blessed us as we have blessed others, especially His land and His people in Israel, but we have turned our back on that and God is removing His protection from us…we must be humbled, repent and turn back!

  19. Patriot games says:

    When?

  20. DocJohnM says:

    The Kremlin has a picture of my naked butt when I mooned their spy planes, I wouldn't be surprised if Washington had the same. We are under siege from our own government. Anyone who's ever signed a petition against Obama's policies is under suspicion I'm sure or sent a letter, made a phone call to Washington, we're all in the same boat. Too late to stop now so we might as well continue at the same fevered pace. Obama is destroying America one step at a time. He has vast monetary reserves in which to do so, our very tax dollars! It's time we crush his plans with every tool at our disposal, legally that is. Obama's Achilles heal is his ego, more vast than the reserves he has to fight us with. And he will throw everything he has to discredit our candidates including lying, cheating and dirty Chicago style politics.Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!

  21. ImaTruePatriot says:

    Samuel Adams had something to say about traitors within the American government:

    "If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We do not seek your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."

    These so called public servants who swore to uphold our constitution, defend and protect our nation from enemies both foreign and domestic do not truly know what these words of this oath really mean! Their allegiances are not to citizens and their country, they only stand for the greedy few who pad their pockets with bribes and of course for themselves.

    Store that in your digital database…..spies not like us!

  22. Citizen Fighter says:

    Started by the Tea Party's favorite son, The operation was approved by President George W. Bush shortly after the September 11 attacks in 2001.

  23. CHICAGO – Did the parents of former Weather Underground terrorist Bill Ayers help finance Barack Obama’s Harvard education? http://www.wnd.com/2012/03/postman-ayers-family-p

  24. NotYourSteppingStone says:

    It sure makes me feel safe. Now I can sleep at night knowing that the government is keeping an eye on my neighbors.

  25. Bless2live says:

    To all GOD fearing loving Americans! Continue fight the fight for our freedoms! Never ever give up! Our forefathers gave there all for us and we may have to do the same to keep America alive and well! It sometimes just goes that way! Real Americans are able to fight for what they believe in, and that is for our constitution of the United States of America! We are standing here in America with our forefathers foot prints beneath ours .For well over 200 years America stands proud for who she is, and does not bow to any nation. We will continue to have our dreams for our kids as they did for us! Believe ,you are a America thru and thru and you will fight the fight for America to be the greatess nation on earth! At all cost ,as it was at the birth of America, we will follow the dream of our forefathers, and that is "The constitution of the United States of America! God speed!

  26. The government spy agencies are trying to play G_d and want to hear and see everything in the entire world. They will be in for a real shock when he sends their miracle equipment crashing down around him like the "Tower of Babel".

    t

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