Thursday, January 3, 2013

EPIC obtains documents on NSA Perfect Citizen program monitoring private U.S. computer networks

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Madison Ruppert, Contributor
Activist Post

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) has finally obtained documents on the Perfect Citizen program, run by the National Security Agency (NSA), which monitors private computer networks in the United States.

This program, which the NSA claims is an effort to increase domestic cybersecurity, sounds much like proposed legislation reported on in February of 2012 but this is being done without any such authorization, although Obama was reportedly considering the implementation of cybersecurity measures by executive order.

The NSA has increasingly shifted their focus toward cybersecurity and digital communications with the construction of a massive, heavily fortified $2 billion spy complex and a close relationship with Google which we will probably never know the details of thanks to a U.S. appeals court.

The “Perfect Citizen” program was first revealed to the American public by a story published in the Wall Street Journal on July 8, 2010.

The program was supposedly just in the planning stages at that point and would include sensors in private computer networks which would only be activated by unusual activity and wouldn’t constitute persistent monitoring.

However, when the WSJ gained access to internal emails from Raytheon Corp., the contractor awarded the secret contract worth up to $100 million according to sources familiar with Perfect Citizen (though the documents seem to indicate the contract is worth up to around $90 million), it was revealed that Raytheon didn’t see it as such.

One email stated, “Perfect Citizen is Big Brother.” Unsurprisingly, Raytheon refused to comment on the find.

The newly released documents (mirrored here), obtained by EPIC through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, are heavily redacted with large portions of paragraphs removed from many of the 190 pages released by EPIC on January 2, 2013.

The documents reveal the justification for Perfect Citizen, namely, that the “prevention of a loss due to a cyber or physical attack [on Sensitive Control Systems, like large-scale utilities], or recovery of operational capability after such an event, is crucial to the continuity of the [Department of Defense], the [Intelligence Community], and the operation of SIGNIT [signals intelligence] systems,” according to EPIC.

While the NSA has claimed that Perfect Citizen is nothing more than a research and development program when the program was first revealed, the newly released documents paint a different picture.

“The documents obtained by EPIC suggest that the program is operational,” stated EPIC.

Indeed, the documents seem to show a fully operational program even with the great deal of redaction in critical areas.

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This article first appeared at End the Lie.

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Anonymous said...

There is no such thing as a "perfect citizen" or a "perfect anything" in nature! This is very dangerous! They cannot, not matter how hard they try (the trying will cause great suffering and psychological harm), they CANNOT create a perfect being or a perfect society! Also, they are highly flawed in their thinking to assume they know perfection in the first place to the exclusion of anyone else's viewpoint and to force it on others through surveillance, indoctrination and punishment/ programming will cause great harm. These NSA and NWO people are dangerously crazy!

Anonymous said...

A lot of google spookware on this site, actually.

Anonymous said...

"A lot of google spookware on this site, actually."

Unless things have changed over the past 7 or 8 months or so(since Google "accidentally" shut it down - I can't recall exactly when that was) I'm pretty sure this entire website is still Google affiliated/hosted.

Google is the God of the internet these days, it's nearly impossible to escape their prying eyes anywhere on the net.

Half the posts on this website include Youtube videos/links and Youtube is part of Google's internet hegemony these days as well.

If it were possible to operate online without connecting or communicating to or through Google in any way I'm sure Activist Post would be doing it, as well as many other alternative media or activist websites.


Anonymous said...

Google was Obama's third largest donor. Microsoft was #2.

Anonymous said...

I recently read the book "1984" by George Orwell again after not reading it for decades.

Highly recommend everyone read it again.

It is unbelievably eerie how what's happening today is reflective of the Big Brother society of "1984."

In the book, everything you do and everywhere you go is monitored. The main character has one little spot in his house where his TV can't see him and report on what he's doing, and which Big Brother doesn't know about. He's not even allowed to have a pencil or paper.

With the way we're being surveyed today, it's getting really close to only having a few feet in your house where you can have privacy.

Anonymous said...

Write an article on how everyone is fingerprinted as they enter Disney World, Universal Studios, etc.

Of course they'll say it has something to do with some type of security...but is it, and is it legal?

And no one objects?

Is everyone going to Disney World, etc., a criminal?

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