ld agency jokes say
that NSA means ‘No Such Agency’ or ‘Never Say Anything’.
Untilrecently, very few people had even heard of the NSA, even though today they aremagnitudes larger than the CIA; with a classified budget estimated to be well over 10 billion every year.
Today, NSA employs about 30,000 Americans and holds hundreds of classified contracts with various different security contractors and private enterprisecompanies. For all intents and purposes, they (Department of Defense (DoD) & NSA)can play god should they choose to smite you. They have the resources, the technicalabilities, the funding and support of the entire United States government (even if many insiders don't like it). Today, NSA has become
one of the most powerfulcollective entities on the planet.But how did we get here?On November 4, 1952, the National Security Agency formed. Their HQ, in Fort Meade,Maryland, is one of the most secretive buildings in the entire country and possibly the world.
Directly from Wikipedia, “NSA is a cryptologic intelligence agency of the United
States Department of Defense responsible for the collection and analysis of foreigncommunications and foreign signals intelligence, as well as protecting U.S. governmentcommunications and information systems, which involves information security and
To put it rather bluntly,
NSA is an electronic spy agency.
is the first time we see the predecessor of the NSA (the Armed Forces Security Agency) doing exactly what they're still doing today underarguably the same project, revamped and re-conceptualized for a digital age; analyzingdata of domestic messages by intercepting them without our knowledge or approval.During
, NSA would read and analyze the outgoing telegraphs of domesticcivilians without their knowledge or consent. How did NSA get the telegraphs, you may ask? The same way they gather our information today, through projects like
.They just ask the companies holding them, the post offices and service providersrespectively.Project
continued for 30 years, all the way until 1975. The project was only shut down after public and Congressional scrutiny put an end to it by casting light ontothe flagrantly unconstitutional behavior.