New NSA Spy Center Will Target Every Email and Phone Call
National Security Agency plan was banned by Congress years ago
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 17, 2012 4:16 PM CDT
A proposed NSA data center in Utah would target phone calls and emails from around the world.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Looks like Congress can't stop the NSA from monitoring every nook and cranny of our lives after all. In an explosive feature in Wired, James Bamford reveals that the National Security Agency has revived a program called "Total Information Awareness," which aims to collect and sift through every electronic communication around the world. Yep, that includes those made by Americans—even though Congress passed legislation in 2003 to stop "TIA" from spying on US citizens.

Three covert sources tell Bamford that the NSA's proposed information center in Utah will use a network of satellites to break any encryption, monitor every email, and eavesdrop on any phone call—even land-line calls. “We are, like, that far from a turnkey totalitarian state,” a source tells Bamford. Other recent NSA news may have led up to this: A whistleblower accused of leaking classified information to a reporter eventually pleaded guilty last year in a misdemeanor plea deal. Hat tip to RawStory for the link.

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Apr 24, 2012 8:43 PM CDT
Ugh. Everywhere you look, more surveillance. I feel like I can't even have a conversation in my own home. Y'all should check out the movie, Thrive (free here: It talks about this global surveillance system and what we can do to stop it!
Mar 19, 2012 1:33 PM CDT
Nothing more then an NSA wet dream.
Mar 19, 2012 10:03 AM CDT
Vote for ron paul he's our only hope