When former AT&T technician Mark Klein learned of a secret
room installed in the company's San Francisco internet
switching center, he was certain he had stumbled onto the Total
Information Awareness program, a Defense Department
research project that intended to scour databases across
the country for telltale signs of terrorists.
Here is the full text of the AT&T whistleblower's testimony regarding Secret Rooms in AT&T buildings used to spy on internet messages.
The whistleblower's testimony is based mostly on wiring documents, and also the hardware in the room. One machine called a Narus, is apparently specifically designed to snoop on internet traffic (apparently very popular in the corporate world):
Sooooo why does AT&T need to reroute all their cable through a cabinet, and then into another rooom where one of these machine's resides? And why would no one but NSA cleared staff have access to this room.
"Anything that comes through (an internet protocol network),
we can record," says Steve Bannerman, marketing vice president
of Narus, a Mountain View, California, company. "We can reconstruct
all of their e-mails along with attachments, see what web pages they
clicked on, we can reconstruct their (voice over internet protocol)
I'm a little scared right now. I mean, the phone number storing, fine, but being able to track everything everyone says or looks at on the internet, that is, in my opinion, a clear invasion of privacy. They are indiscriminantly collecting information on individuals without a warrant or any kind of due process and without their knowledge. That has to be at least 2 laws that we are breaking, right?
Which hopefully means that none of the information they collect in this endeavor could be used against an American citizen in a criminal case because it is collected outside the protetcions provided to us. So, what again is the purpose of this program? Besides snooping in a serious way.