Liberty NewsWire Tuesday, March 20th, 2012
Under construction by contractors with top-secret clearances, the blandly named Utah Data Center is being built for the National Security Agency. A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks. The heavily fortified $2 billion center should be up and running in September 2013. Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital “pocket litter.” It is, in some measure, the realization of the “total information awareness” program created during the first term of the Bush administration—an effort that was killed by Congress in 2003 after it caused an outcry over its potential for invading Americans’ privacy. - James Bamford, for Wired.com See full article immediately below.
TSA & Travel Freedom:
War on Drugs:
Huffington Post – U.N. Misses Opportunity to Address Failed Drug War
Daily Republic – SD House Upholds Veto on Concealed Gun Bill
War Powers Act:
The Washington Times – Burton: Congress must say go: Air war on Syria requires congressional authorization
Associated Press – Pakistani parliament says no to US drones
New York Times – U.S. War Game Sees Perils of Israeli Strike Against Iran
Washington Post – How bad would Iran be with the bomb?
The Atlantic – Iran Drumbeat Watch: 'March of Folly' Redux?
Politico – Ben Bernanke’s Frugal PR Push
IRS and Taxes:
Bloomberg Businessweek – IRS Flags Almost 2 Million Returns for Fraudulent Tax Refunds
Politico – Health-Care Reform: What to Watch For
The Hill – Republicans Shift from McCain on War