Archive for National Security Agency

Can the NSA lock you out of your home?

Posted in NSA, Spying with tags , , , , on December 31, 2013 by saynsumthn

According to the Magazine Spiegel, In January 2010, numerous homeowners in San Antonio, Texas, stood baffled in front of their closed garage doors. They wanted to drive to work or head off to do their grocery shopping, but their garage door openers had gone dead, leaving them stranded. No matter how many times they pressed the buttons, the doors didn’t budge. The problem primarily affected residents in the western part of the city, around Military Drive and the interstate highway known as Loop 410.

In the United States, a country of cars and commuters, the mysterious garage door problem quickly became an issue for local politicians. Ultimately, the municipal government solved the riddle. Fault for the error lay with the United States’ foreign intelligence service, the National Security Agency, which has offices in San Antonio. Officials at the agency were forced to admit that one of the NSA’s radio antennas was broadcasting at the same frequency as the garage door openers. Embarrassed officials at the intelligence agency promised to resolve the issue as quickly as possible, and soon the doors began opening again.

It was thanks to the garage door opener episode that Texans learned just how far the NSA’s work had encroached upon their daily lives. For quite some time now, the intelligence agency has maintained a branch with around 2,000 employees at Lackland Air Force Base, also in San Antonio. In 2005, the agency took over a former Sony computer chip plant in the western part of the city. A brisk pace of construction commenced inside this enormous compound. The acquisition of the former chip factory at Sony Place was part of a massive expansion the agency began after the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

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NSA Spies on Pope

Posted in NSA with tags , , , , on October 30, 2013 by saynsumthn

According to IBTimes, US secret services allegedly monitored the phone calls of Pope Benedict XVI, as well as those of his successor.

Italian magazine Panorama claims that among the 46 million phone calls intercepted by the NSA in December 2012 and January 2013 were communications to and from the Vatican.

The NSA allegedly eavesdropped on cardinals before the conclave in March 2013 to elect the new Pope, including calls between them and Cardinal Bergoglio, who became Pope Francis, succeeding Benedict.

“In any case, we have no concerns about the matter,” a Vatican spokesman told IBTimes UK.

According to the magazine — which is owned by former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi — the calls had been classified by the NSA under four categories: “leadership intentions”; “threats to financial system”; “foreign policy objectives”; and “human rights”.

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Glenn Beck: NSA spying on US Citizens

Posted in Big Brother, Glenn Beck, NSA with tags , , , , , , on May 1, 2012 by saynsumthn

In a chilling segment on Monday’s Glenn Beck Program, former National Security Agency (NSA) employees discussed how they were targeted by the U.S. government — some even held at gunpoint — and explained in disturbing detail how NSA is gathering information on citizens across the country. Diane Roark, Bill Binney, Kirk Wiebe and Tom Drake, the former NSA executive who was charged under the Espionage Act, all weighed in.