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NSA Talking Points On Utah Data Center: We’re Teaming Up With Tech Companies To ‘Protect’ The Internet

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Mike Masnick
Tech Dirt
July 13, 2013

Last year, well before all of the revelations concerning the NSA’s surveillance program, reporter James Bamford, who has a long history of reporting on the NSA’s questionable activities, revealed the details of the NSA’s massive data center in Bluffdale, Utah, which it was building to host all of this information that it’s been hoovering up for years. Michael Morisy, from Muckrock, used a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to get the media talking points that the NSA used upon the groundbreaking of the building. As reported in Bamford’s piece, there had been a “public” groundbreaking, with press there, and Morisy wondered how the NSA framed the building’s purpose when it first discussed it. And, the answer, it appears, was to play down anything having to do with the massive data collection.

The talking points play up the fact that there’s so much data online, but rather than talking about how the NSA is collecting all of it, they say that they’re setting up this operation to help “protect” your data. From everyone… except the NSA, of course.

  • DISCUSS THE FOR TAKING NATIONAL ACTION TO THE CYBERSECURITY PROBLEMS WE FACE.
    • US DEPENDENCE ON THE INTERNET PROBABLY GREATER THAN ANY OTHER NATION
    • NOT JUST MEANS OF COMMUNICATIONS BUT DATA IS THERE As WELL — FINANCIAL DATA, DATA
    • CYBERSPACE CONTROLS OUR CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE — BANKING, ENERGY, AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL, UTILITIES
    • THREAT IS GROWING — INFRASTRUCTURE TARGETTED FOR AND POTENTIALLY FOR DISRUPTION OR DESTRUCTION BY GROWING NUMBER OF AND ACTORS

Notice, also, how when they do discuss looking outbound, rather than just “protecting” networks, they lump it all together:

WE NEED TO USE OUR PARTNERSHIPS BOTH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE GOVERNMENT TO INCREASE OUR KNOWLEDGE AND CAPABILITIES IN CYBERSPACE TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE THREAT, AND TO BETTER RESPON TO IT.

Of course, they leave out that “the threat” is all of us in the public, and how to “better respon (sic) to it” is to collect all data everywhere.

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This article was posted: Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 5:49 am





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