At two massive facilities in Bluffdale, Utah and Oak Ridge, Tennessee the U.S. government is building a data factory that can just suck up and store all phone and computer message traffic in the U.S. and worldwide, and an exoflop speed computer that can hack even the 256 bit version of the Advanced Encryption Standard so those communications can be read.
The money quote you need is from William Binney, a senior NSA crypto-mathematician who left the agency in 2001 after 40 years service in protest at warrantless spying by the Bush administration.
Sitting in a restaurant not far from NSA headquarters, the place where he spent nearly 40 years of his life, Binney held his thumb and forefinger close together. ”œWe are, like, that far from a turnkey totalitarian state,” he says.
Thanks to the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, that totalitarian state will at least on the face of it be legal.
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