The NSA is storing all global communications as they add a $2 Billion Total Awareness Utah Center to the cloud, and promise that one day the Yottabytes of Big Data will be deciphered.
“NSA’s Secret Data Center Is A Threat — But Only To America’s Enemies“ which was the follow up Forbes.com article responding to the recent Wired article by James Bamford’s ”The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)“
What is the NSA building? Cascade to be the fastest most powerfuL computer in the world designed to decipher stored data!
- WHO AUTHORIZED THIS PROJECT?
- WHAT IS A YOTTABYTE?
The following is the letter sent to the President of the United States supporting the development of the NSA program to monitor the Global Information Grid.
Dear Mr. President:
We write to you to ask for your continued support and leadership to advance the Department of Energy’s (DOE) exascale computing initiative. America’s leadership in high performance computing (HPC) is essential to a vast range of national priorities in science, energy, environment, health, and national security.
U.S. leadership in HPC is threatened by strategic governmental investments in HPC programs in China, Japan, South Korea, Russia, and the European Union. In November 2010 the most powerful U.S. supercomputer was unseated and now ranks only third in the world behind computers from Japan and China. These foreign governments have recognized the crucial role HPC plays in both developing new technologies and increasing efficiencies in existing systems — leadership in HPC means greater economic competitiveness and national security.
For decades the U.S. was the leader in HPC through collaborative efforts led by the DOE between national laboratories, academia, and industry. Investments in HPC have enabled extraordinary scientific and technical advances in support of DOE’s mission priorities and many Federal agencies, including the Department of Defense, the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Health, the Department of Homeland Security, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, rely heavily on supercomputing and advances in HPC.
Now, the race is on to develop exascale computing capabilities — supercomputers 1000 times more powerful than the fastest computers today. This will require the development of new computer architectures with improved power consumption, memory, reliability, and software. As with previous generations of HPC systems, the resulting technological advances will further support Federal priorities like energy research and national security and will be integrated into electronics industries strengthening high-tech competitiveness and driving economic growth.
The U.S. cannot afford to cede leadership in HPC, and the DOE has embarked on a program that again combines the talents of the national laboratories, academia, and industry to develop exascale computing capabilities by the year 2020. Due to the competitive nature of HPC and the progress and governmental support foreign competitors are enjoying, it is critical that the U.S. not delay its exascale computing efforts.
We commend you for the support of exascale computing you have already shown by requesting the initial funding in the FY2012 Budget Request. Given the strong support our global competitors are receiving, it is imperative that the U.S. continue to commit resources to remain competitive in the HPC race to exascale capability.
We encourage you to continue your support of the DOE exascale computing initiative through a request in the FY2013 Budget Request.
The following senators signed this letter:
Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
Jeff Bingaman (D-NM)
John Boozman (R-AR)
Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
Scott Brown (R-MA)
Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
Christopher Coons (D-DE)
Bob Corker (R-TN)
Richard Durbin (D-IL)
Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Al Franken (DFL-MN)
Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY)
Kay Hagan (D-NC)
Mark Kirk (R-IL)
Herb Kohl (D-WI)
Amy Klobuchar (DFL-MN)
Jon Kyl (R-AZ)
Carl Levin (D-MI)
Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
Patty Murray (D-WA)
Bernard Sanders (I-VT)
Charles Schumer (D-NY)
Tom Udall (D-NM)
Ron Wyden (D-OR)
Who is leading the NSA today John C. (Chris) Inglis?
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FBI and the Transportation
Security Administration are also working on data-mining projects that
will fuse commercial databases, public databases, and intelligence data
and had meetings with TIA developers.
- TIA Report to Congress May 2003.
- Congress Report Executive Summary and FAQ
- TIA System Description (PDF, 4.5 MB).
Poindexter’s August 2002 Speech.
Booz Allen Hamilton defense contract, $62 million awarded for research into Total Information Awareness project.
- Pentagon Briefing Transcript on Surveillance System. November 20, 2002.
- DARPA Technology briefings. August 2002 (see under “Information Awareness Office”).
- DARPA FY03 budget.
For TIA budget details see sections on PE 0602301E, Project ST-28 and PE 0603760E,
Project CCC-01, and PE 0602301E, Project ST-11.
- DARPA Response
(PDF) to public scrutiny.
- Security with Privacy (PDF) – DARPA ISAT Study 2002.
Total Information Awareness II? St. Petersburg Times (FL), May 31, 2004.
- U.S. Still Mining Terror Data, Wired News, February 23, 2004.
- Pentagon Terror Spy Lab Closed, CBSNews.com, September 25, 2003.
- Pentagon’s “Terror Information Awareness” program will end, USA Today, September 25, 2003.
- Senate Targets DoD Spy Program, CBSNews.com, July 16, 2003.
- Funding for TIA All But Dead, Wired News, July 14, 2003.
- Defense, Justice report on surveillance activities, Government Executive,
May 28, 2003.
- Domestic snooping; A change of name has not improved a bad project, Charlotte Observer Editorial, May 27, 2003.
- Balancing Liberty, Security, Washington Times, May 26, 2003.
- The Admiral Sees You Walking, He Knows Who You Are Maureen Dowd, New
York Times, May 25, 2003.
- In the Aftermath of Sept. 11 New York Times Editorial, May 23, 2003.
- Use of Data Collection Systems Is Up Sharply Following 9/11, Wall Street Journal, May 22, 2003.
- ELECTRONIC SURVEILLANCE; Experts Say Technology Is Widely Disseminated Inside and Outside Military, New York Times, May 21, 2003.
- New Name of Pentagon Data Sweep Focuses
on Terror, New York Times, May 21, 2003.
- Data program must solve privacy fears, says the Pentagon, Washington Times,
May 21, 2003.
- Who’s Watching the Watchers?, PC World, May 20, 2003.
- U.S. promises limits on computer dragnet CNET News, May 20, 2003.
- Pentagon Details New Surveillance System Washington Post, May 20, 2003.
- Pentagon Defends Data Search Plan, Wired News, May 21, 2003.
- Pentagon agency defends anti-terror data mining initiative, Government Executive,
May 20, 2003.
- Ideological foes agree: Privacy rights in danger Barr & Murphy, Atlanta Journal,
May 16, 2003.
Data Expert is Cautious About Misuse of Information. New York Times, March 25, 2003.
Security, Privacy Concerns Clash. Oakland Tribune, March 17, 2003.
California research center at the heart of data-mining storm. Government Executive, March 11, 2003.
- Total Information Delusion. Business 2.0, February 3, 2003.
- Total Information Awareness official responds to criticism. Government Executive, January 31, 2003.
to aid development of data base. Daily Texan, January 31, 2003.
- Congress Should not Prematurely Short-Circut the Total Information Awareness Program. Heritage Foundation, January 28, 2003.
- Senate Rebuffs Domestic Spy Plan. Wired News, January 23, 2003.
- Beware of Total Information Awareness. Cato Institute, January 20, 2003.
- Poindexter’s Still a Technocrat, Still a Lightning Rod. New York Times, January 20, 2003.
- Senators vow to halt ‘data mining’ project. San Jose Mercury News,
January 17, 2003.
project unites left, right. USA Today, January 16, 2003.
- Palo Alto scientist may hold keys to privacy. San Mateo News, January
- Dick Armey’s warning. Nat Hentoff, Washington Times, January 6, 2003.
- George Orwell here we come. CNET, January 6, 2003.
monitor far from a reality. San Jose Mercury News, December 26,
- Snooping in All the Wrong Places. BusinessWeek, December 18, 2002.
- Perspective: Tech’s answer to Big Brother. CNET, December 16, 2002.
- Critics Say Defense ‘Total Information Awareness’ Impractical. Govexec.com,
December 12, 2002.
- Big Brother and Another Overblown Privacy Scare. National Journal,
December 10, 2002.
- Can a massive database of information on Americans really preempt terrorist attacks? Wired, December 2, 2002.
- Congress on alert for civil liberties. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, December 1, 2002.
- The Pentagon’s Total Information Awareness Project: Americans Under the Microscope?
CATO Institute, November 26, 2002.
- ACLU Action Alert on Total Information Awareness.
- Really ‘Big Brother’: Given its potential to invade the privacy of everyone, the
Total Information Awareness program should be shut down before it starts. St. Petersburg Times, Editorial, November 24, 2002.
- If You’re Not Paranoid, You Oughta’ Be. Salt Lake Tribune, November 24, 2002.
- In the Name of Security. New York Times, November 23, 2002.
Increased Powers Under Spotlight. Financial Times, November 21,
- Pentagon Defends Anti-Terror Project. Associated Press, November 21, 2002.
- Fighting Terror By Terrifying U.S. Citizens. San Francisco Chronicle,
November 20, 2002.
- Total Information Unawareness. Government Executive, November 20, 2002.
- Massive Database Dragnet Explored. San Jose Mercury News, November 20, 2002.
- No Orwellian Scheme Behind DARPA’s Total Information Awareness System.
Heritage Foundation WebMemo, November 20, 2002.
- A Snooper’s Dream. New York Times, Editorial, November 18, 2002.
- ‘Big Brother’ looming larger. Arizona Republic, November 18, 2002.
- Big Brother Goes to Washington. Newsweek, November 18, 2002.
- Electronic snoops will make us open books. St. Petersburg Times, November 17, 2002.
- Security and privacy. The Commercial Appeal (Memphis), November 16, 2002.
- Don’t let homeland defense damage citizens’ rights. Houston Chronicle, November 15, 2002.
- What price security? The Plain Dealer, November 15, 2002.
- A government without brakes? Press & Sun-Bulletin (NY), November 15, 2002.
nightmare. Times-Picayune (New Orleans), November 15, 2002.
- Homeland bill a supersnoop’s dream. Washington Times, November 15, 2002.
- Total Information Awareness. Washington Post, Editorial, November 15, 2002.
- Domestic Snooping; Bedrock Values Matter Even In These Dangerous Times. Charlotte
Observer, November 15, 2002.
- You Are A Suspect. William Safire, New York Times, November 14, 2002.
- U.S. Hopes to Check Computers Globally. Washington Post, November 12, 2002.
- Pentagon Plans a Computer System That Would Peek at Personal Data of Americans.
New York Times, November 9, 2002.
- Terrorist-tracking tools. National Journal, September 10, 2002.
- Data mining aims at national security. Federal Computer Week, March
- Future Prediction: Every 2 Days We Create as Much Information as We Did From the Dawn of Civilization to 2003 – That’s 5 Exabytes of Data or 5 Billion Gigabytes
- Future News: U.S. Cyberspace Security Policy for the 2 Billion Global Internet Users for a Free and Secure Exchange of Information
- Data Transfer Rate World Record Reached of 100,000 Full Blu-Ray Discs Per Day
- Prediction: Worldwide mobile data traffic set to increase 26-fold between 2010 and 2015
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