NSA: Spying on the paupers and piss ants

Posted in Bombing Paupers, Culture of Lickspittle, Cyberterrorism at 1:55 pm by George Smith

The US has the biggest national security infrastructure in world history. It’s globe-spanning. And what’s its purpose? To hammer poor people, mostly.

Nothing advertised it more than, once again, 60 Minutes’ lame publicity work for the National Security Agency.

Let’s stop a moment and look again at what the NSA chose to show on television.

From the transcript at Cryptome:

Metadata has become one of the most important tools in the NSA’s arsenal. Metadata is the digital information on the number dialed, the time and date, and the frequency of the calls. We wanted to see how metadata was used at the NSA. Analyst Stephen Benitez showed us a technique known as “call chaining” used to develop targets for electronic surveillance in a pirate network based in Somalia.

Stephen Benitez: As you see here, I’m only allowed to chain on anything that I’ve been trained on and that I have access to. Add our known pirate. And we chain him out.

John Miller: Chain him out, for the audience, means what?

Stephen Benitez: People he’s been in contact to for those 18 days.

Stephen Benitez: One that stands out to me first would be this one here. He’s communicated with our target 12 times.

Stephen Benitez: Now we’re looking at Target B’s contacts.

John Miller: So he’s talking to three or four known pirates?

Stephen Benitez: Correct. These three here. We have direct connection to both Target A and Target B. So we’ll look at him, too, we’ll chain him out. And you see, he’s in communication with lots of known pirates. He might be the missing link that tells us everything.

The disconnect from our world and theirs is total. They’re using all their massive computing, relationship-mapping software and data sucking power to spy on people who are among the poorest and most desperate in the world. They are “chaining” them out.

Look at the photos on Cryptome.

The NSA is showing the young people bent over their computers. They think they’re defending the country against foreign threats.

What they’re really doing is spying on the pathetic in the worst places of the world using virtually unlimited technological resources. They should be ashamed of themselves. And Edward Snowden has brought them a measure of it.

Somali pirates pose no real threat to Americans. More die, per year, from attacks by angry bees.

Take a look for yourself.
Such bad guys.

Yet this is the example of metadata sifting of the networks of global enemies the NSA chose as an example to show the American people on prime time television.

The NSA workers shown are just more cogs in the big machine, a machine that bears no resemblance to a military that once existed to destroy the Axis powers.

That is all gone.

In its place, a monstrous and growing device that’s been at it for well over a decade, grinding after the paupers and the piss ants even after an original threat has been annihilated, selling it forward by convincing only the gullible that the targets pose serious threats to the country.

Under this mechanism of distortion and unreality, one can justify anything.

The people who make untrustworthy networks:

Many of the cryptologists skipped grades in school, earned masters degrees and PhDs and look more like they belong on a college campus than at the NSA.

Actually, [solving] the Rubik’s cube took [one of them] one minute and 35 seconds.

Recent score card:

Afghanistan: Hammering poor people. Majority of Americans want to leave, feel it’s not worth it, are ignored. Malnutrition worsening.

Libya: Hammered poor people to depose one famous dictator. Created failed state.

Syria: Resisted hammering poor people for the sake of getting at one famous dictator.

Iraq: Hammered poor people for a decade, rendered country into ruins, then left. Country now in bloody civil war.

What Keith Alexander, director of the NSA says:

“Well, my concern on that is specially what’s going on in the Middle East, what you see going on in Syria, what we see going on– Egypt, Libya, Iraq, it’s much more unstable, the probability that a terrorist attack will occur is going up. And this is precisely the time that we should not step back from the tools that we’ve given our analysts to detect these types of attacks.”


  1. Christoph Hechl said,

    January 7, 2014 at 9:58 am

    The one thing about Somali pirates that hardly ever gets mentioned, is that the international shipping that passes their waters has made it a habit to dump waste there, which is illegal but always remains unpunished.

    The Somali used to be able to make a living before the international waters off their coast got fished empty by the asian fishing industry.

    It is no wonder they have no respect for those people.

  2. George Smith said,

    January 7, 2014 at 10:30 am

    This does not surprise me.

    So here’s a partial summary of the NSA’s great achievements:

    1. Infiltrating World of Warcraft because they think terrorists use it.
    2. ‘Stopped’ imaginary Chinese destroy the world by BIOS kill plot.
    3. Snooping on the calls of Somali pirates and making relational plots of them.
    4. Employs people who can solve Rubik’s cubes in 95 seconds.

  3. Christoph Hechl said,

    January 7, 2014 at 1:58 pm

    I tend to add one more thing:
    They took the beating that quite likely also belongs to the CIA, FBI and a number of their international partners who have been left out of this for no good reason.
    I am given to believe, that the US press tends to censor themselves upon the notion that agents may be at risk even for the slightest leaks.
    Still i doubt very much, that these use any different methods or have higher ethical standards.

  4. George Smith said,

    January 7, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Good points, as usual. Still, notice that nothing significant is happening domestically other than noise-making.