Wednesday, April 19, 2006

The NSA domestic spying program is wrong!

The Bush administration seems to be shreding the fourth admendment as fast as they can, with little or no regard for the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, or any checks and balances imposed by laws or Congress.

Looking at the news lately, I have been outraged, but not shocked at what we have dicovered in the last few weeks from the papers the EFF has filed in court to block AT&T from wholesale eavedropping on ALL internet and phone traffic across the country and around the world.

The thing that got my attention was the equipment being used. It is a pretty high-end gizmo called the Narus STA 6400, which is a semantic traffic analyzer. The Narus STA technology is used by intelligence agencies because it is able to analyze large amounts of data. Like 10 Gigabytes of data per second, tapping into the OC-192 fiber that makes up the backbone of all IP communications worldwide! Here is a little bit about this wonderful device from Narus...

NarusInsight Intercept Suite - Packet-level, flow-level, and application-level usage information is captured and analyzed as well as raw user session packets for forensic analysis, surveillance or in satisfying regulatory compliance for lawful intercept. The capabilities include playback of streaming media (i.e. VoIP), rendering of Web pages, examination of e-mail and the ability to analyze the payload/attachments of e-mail or file transfer protocols. (source:

The NarusInsight Discover Suite (NDS) captures and classifies traffic and data on monitored links in real time at true carrier speeds (up to 10G/OC-192). Detailed layer 3 to layer 7 data are collected and correlated across every link and element on the network.
NDS empowers users to manage IP traffic and applications including VoIP, Skype, P2P (e.g., BitTorrent, e-Donkey/e-Mule, FastTrack/Kazaa, Gnutella, etc.), messaging (AOL IM/ICQ, Yahoo IM, MSN Messenger, Jabber, IRC, MMS), streaming media (RTP, RTCP, RTSP), e-mail (SMTP,POP3,IMAP), Web browsing and push to talk (PTT). (source: Narus)

If it was only being used to spy on "terrorists", and if proper proceedures were followed, nobody would bat an eye. Support would be universal, as long as the laws were followed and a court warrent was obtained in the 72 hour timeframe. FISA was put in place to limit the power the federal goverment had on wire-tapping private citizens after the Nixon administration took massive amounts of wire-tapped phone calls and used it for political purposes.

Knowing a little about the program, it seems my darkest fears are true. I suspected that they were doing exactly what they claim to not be doing, wholesale interception of ALL Internet traffic and phone calls, using packet analyzers to sift thru a ocean of data, looking for a few key words or any suspicious activity.

This means any phone call, any email, any Instant Messaging, any P2P programs, and all of your web surfing has been intercepted and analyized by the NSA and the Bush administration.

If that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy, like he is just trying to "protect" us from the evil-doers, think about this.

This is the guy who exposed a CIA undercover agent for political purposes, to refute the claims her husband was making regarding the facts leading us into war in Iraq. If you think he would do a end-run around Congress and the FISA courts to "protect" us, and not use anything he learns for political purposes, you are badly mistaken. They would use anything they learn to the fullest advantage, to expose some political enemy's dirty secrets, or to extort favors from a business, and Congress is just now finding out about it.

We will see in the next election how much outrage is in the country over this.


--Mark Klein, April 6, 2006

My Background:

For 22 and 1/2 years I worked as an AT&T technician, first in New York and then in California.

What I Observed First-Hand:

In 2002, when I was working in an AT&T office in San Francisco, the site manager told me to expect a visit from a National Security Agency agent, who was to interview a management-level technician for a special job. The agent came, and by chance I met him and directed him to the appropriate people.

In January 2003, I, along with others, toured the AT&T central office on Folsom Street in San Francisco -- actually three floors of an SBC building. There I saw a new room being built adjacent to the 4ESS switch room where the public's phone calls are routed. I learned that the person whom the NSA interviewed for the secret job was the person working to install equipment in this room. The regular technician work force was not allowed in the room.

In October 2003, the company transferred me to the San Francisco building to oversee the Worldnet Internet room, which included large routers, racks of modems for customers' dial-in services, and other equipment. I was responsible for troubleshooting problems on the fiber optic circuits and installing new circuits.

While doing my job, I learned that fiber optic cables from the secret room were tapping into the Worldnet circuits by splitting off a portion of the light signal. I saw this in a design document available to me, entitled "Study Group 3, LGX/Splitter Wiring, San Francisco" dated Dec. 10, 2002. I also saw design documents dated Jan. 13, 2004 and Jan. 24, 2003, which instructed technicians on connecting some of the already in-service circuits to the "splitter" cabinet, which diverts some of the light signal to the secret room. The circuits listed were the Peering Links, which connect Worldnet with other networks and hence the whole country, as well as the rest of the world.

One of the documents listed the equipment installed in the secret room, and this list included a Narus STA 6400, which is a "Semantic Traffic Analyzer". The Narus STA technology is known to be used particularly by government intelligence agencies because of its ability to sift through large amounts of data looking for preprogrammed targets. The company's advertising boasts that its technology "captures comprehensive customer usage data ... and transforms it into actionable information.... (It) provides complete visibility for all internet applications."

My job required me to connect new circuits to the "splitter" cabinet and get them up and running. While working on a particularly difficult one with a technician back East, I learned that other such "splitter" cabinets were being installed in other cities, including Seattle, San Jose, Los Angeles and San Diego.

What is the Significance and Why Is It Important to Bring These Facts to Light?

Based on my understanding of the connections and equipment at issue, it appears the NSA is capable of conducting what amounts to vacuum-cleaner surveillance of all the data crossing the Internet -- whether that be peoples' e-mail, Web surfing or any other data.

Given the public debate about the constitutionality of the Bush administration's spying on U.S. citizens without obtaining a FISA warrant, I think it is critical that this information be brought out into the open, and that the American people be told the truth about the extent of the administration's warrantless surveillance practices, particularly as it relates to the Internet.

Despite what we are hearing, and considering the public track record of this administration, I simply do not believe their claims that the NSA's spying program is really limited to foreign communications or is otherwise consistent with the NSA's charter or with FISA. And unlike the controversy over targeted wiretaps of individuals' phone calls, this potential spying appears to be applied wholesale to all sorts of Internet communications of countless citizens.

Attorney contact information:

Miles Ehrlich
Ramsey & Ehrlich LLP

Source: Legal Pad

Link to the full story is here.

God help us.

Can you call or write your Senator and Congressmen for me? Not that it will do us any good but it's a start..



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Blogger avictim said...

Domestic spying is not just monitoring phone calls, they also monitor you visually. I have seen it done, they use some sort of a micro laser probe to make holes so that they can set up taht fiber optic lens. You can best notice it when it gets dark. Its usually located where the wall and the ceiling joins, a small gap will appear and there will be a redish/orange color light small as an ant. The gap usually seals in the morning and is noticeable that the area was tampered.

Even if it is the government, they are humans like us and im sure they are watching and getting their thrills too.

The place where it occurs the most is Honolulu, Hawaii.They have what mentioned above in almost all the hotels there.

If you like to be watched having sex, hotels Honolulu Hawaii is where all going on.

I once took picture of the gaps and the little lights for evidence but when i left the room to go buy cigarrettes and came to the room, i noticed a change in the room and when i checked my digital camera, all the photos of the gaps and lights were deleted except the ones that didnt have anything to do with it.

After all that happened, suspicious people were following us around for quite some time, probabaly 6 month.

There a whole lot more to it which is too long to explain, i will keep it short.

8:38 PM  

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