An American multinational conglomerates holding company headquartered at Whitacre Tower in Downtown Dallas, Texas. It is the world’s largest telecommunications company, the second largest provider of mobile telephone services, and a Clear and Present Danger for Privacy and Security for you and me.
They are the NSA’s Bitches.
Since 1985 under the FAIRVIEW program they have handed over phone records, internet and e-mail data mainly of foreign countries’ citizens, though not exclusively, to the NSA.
AT&T partners with telecommunication companies in foreign countries which then gives them access to those customers data. They have partnerships with tellecomunication companies in Switzerland, Sweden, England, Japan, Singapore, France, Germany and the Netherlands. Though don’t be surprised if the list is longer, for they also own daughter telecommunication companies spread throughout the globe and each and every one of them is under the gun to share, transfer, relinquish all traffic and data to the NSA.
THE NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY’S ability to spy on vast quantities of Internet traffic passing through the United States has relied on its extraordinary, decades-long partnership with this company: AT&T.
In 2010 the NSA had access to the following AT&T facilities:
- 8 internet peering points
- 26 VoIP router facilities
- 1 VoIP hub router facility (with 30 planned)
- 9 submarine cable landing points (with 7 planned)
- 16 4ESS circuit switching stations
Except for the VoIP facilities, most of these access points are situated along the US borders.
Given that this data is over 8 years old, one can only imagine the scope of their reach now.
The NSA possesses vast legal powers to snoop on emails, phone calls, and other communications passing through the US, as well as making American tech companies install surveillance hardware in their networks. The NSA would loose so much of it’s intelligence gathering ability, it’s snooping on you and me if it were not for the willingness of AT&T. They have a global reach, a leviathan with it’s tentacles spread out over oceans, land and air latching on to everyones data and graciously supplying it to the NSA. The NSA and AT&T are somewhat like an evil version of Batman and Robin.
But their only listening for Bad Guys.
If law enforcement, FBI, CIA, etc has evidence of wrong doing, whether it be photos, eye witnesses, bodily evidence, and so on, they would take it all to a court/judge, who would then look at the evidence, and if convinced that there is probable cause would then issue a warrant for further action. Now the FAIRVEIW program works in the same way, however they have their own court system. It is called the FISA court. The NSA agency must first go to the FISA court and ask for permission to either Tap someones phone, intercept mobile communications etc. This court is nothing but window dressing, a rubber stamp, a charade of justice, a cinderella mask on a hideous beast.
The FISA court rejected a combined total of only 21 applications in roughly 40 years.
Only Fear The Enemy You Know?
One living in Germany is aware of the BND the German intelligence agency. One living in India knows of the (CMS): A data collection system similar to the NSA’s PRISM program. People residing in Szwiterland know of Onyx: A data gathering system maintained by several Swiss intelligence agencies to monitor military and civilian communications, such as e-mails, telefax and telephone calls. Those life loving people of France are aware of their unwanted guests, Frenchelon: A data collection and analysis network.
However if you haven’t lived in the United States you have probably never heard of AT&T and are completely unaware of the crucial role it plays in the NSA data gathering process. The NSA doesn’t own the finer optic lines which are spread under the oceans transferring these communications, they have some of their own yes, but the majority of these are owned and operated by telecommunication companies, the biggest being AT&T, and private companies such as Google and Facebook. Ninety-nine percent of international data is transmitted by wires at the bottom of the ocean called submarine communications cables. Major lines of data tend to cross into American borders and territorial water, making wiretapping a breeze.
So don’t think that just because you live in another country and are using a telecommunication company for your land line and or mobile that you are immune to the reaches of the NSA, chances are whatever ISP or Phone company you have your service with is partnered in one way or another with AT&T.
The discontent and anger was global when Edward Snowden leaked classified information from the National Security Agency (NSA) in 2013 without authorization. His disclosures revealed numerous global surveillance programs, many run by the NSA and the Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance with the cooperation of telecommunication companies and European governments. People were Up In Arms about the invasion of their privacy, well, all but the Hitler and Stalin Lovers. That’s right, I am calling you Statist out. You and your ignorance of history, your unfettered pride and prejudice, your total lack of understanding of what Freedom is. You make me sick.
It seems today, this anger has turned into complacency, business as usual. Everyone knows that each and every call you make or text you send is being hijacked and or monitored, no? If you don’t, if you still think todays world still offers the same level of Privacy in your communications then test it. Go ahead big man, put your money where your mouth is. Send a text full of Anti-American sentiment. Start a conversation, either Nationally or Internationally and speak about Bombs, speak about attacks, create imaginary plans, scream Ala Akbar, mention the word Jihad, Islam, Drugs, Airplanes and C4 in the same sentence, Cloud, Leak, Pork, Gas, Bridge, Dirty Bomb, the list goes on and on.
Though if you want instant satisfaction that your communications are not being monitored then post something on Facebook, a.k.a. the US government’s domestic intelligence center, mentioning one of the above and see where that will get you.
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