Shadow Factory Revelations: The Illegal NSA Domestic Spy Dragnet

Recently, additional news has surfaced regarding the government’s unlawful domestic surveillance operations. A former NSA analyst and whistle-blower, Russell Tice, has revealed that the government’s illegal spying on Americans is far more pervasive than previously known. In a brazen display of arrogance, government officials who have sworn to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution, are routinely violating their duties and responsibilities to the American people.

Information regarding the unconstitutional NSA surveillance program has been steadily trickling out for the past several years. Of particular import is the 2005 New York Times story that broke the news of illegal domestic spying, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s lawsuit detailing information that AT&T allowed the government to surreptitiously monitor the phone and internet communications of AT&T customers without warrants, and the revelations in James Bamford’s books uncovering the widespread incompetence and illegality of NSA domestic intelligence gathering operations.


Russell Tice, the NSA whistle-blower, recently appeared on Keith Olbermann’s MSNBC program and provided shocking details about information he uncovered during his tenure at the spy agency. According to Tice, organizations, news agencies, and journalists were targeted with a 24/7 data-collection dragnet despite evidence of criminal or terror-related involvement. Compartmentalization procedures were employed to prevent him (and other analysts) from knowing the full extent of the unlawful NSA domestic spying operations.

According to Tice, “The National Security Agency had access to all Americans’ communications — faxes, phone calls, and their computer communications. It didn’t matter whether you were in Kansas, in the middle of the country, and you never made foreign communications at all. They monitored all communications.”

Tice revealed that the information gathered by the NSA sweep is “digitized and put on databases.” A $130 million, the 470,000-square-foot facility in San Antonio is being built to warehouse the spy data. NSA’s new Texas Cryptology Center will employ 1,500 people and “may eventually be able to hold all the information in the world.” According to James Bamford, the author of “Shadow Factory“, the goal is to know “exactly what Americans were doing day by day, hour by hour, and second by second… where they shopped, what they bought, what movies they saw, what books they read, the toll booths they went through, the plane tickets they purchased, the hotels they stayed in… In other words, Total Information Awareness, the same Orwellian concept that John Poindexter had tried to develop while working for the Pentagon’s [Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency].”


Despite George W. Bush’s previous assurances to the contrary, The NSA has been violating the rights of American (non-terrorist) citizens for years. The false-flag 9-11 attack on America was a pretext for legislation and unconstitutional executive actions designed to erode the rights of average Americans. With Osama bin Laden still on the loose (wink-wink), the military submerged in two far-and-away imperialist quagmires, and the economy in free-fall, the blatant assault on individual rights and privacy is, unfortunately, a minor blip on most Americans’ radar screens.

Until they become conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious ~ George Orwell (1984)

12 Responses to “Shadow Factory Revelations: The Illegal NSA Domestic Spy Dragnet”

  1. 1 incogman
    January 23, 2009 at 2:23 am

    Good article, Peepers.

  2. 2 dummidumbwit
    January 23, 2009 at 11:22 am

    I know what your saying, but there must be some way to keep an eye on the how to mix diesel fuel and fertilizer sites without uncompromising the wrestling nubile women covered in Wesson oil sites.

  3. 3 Manco
    January 23, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Peepers: I think I speak for most people here when I say/write that we would like you to put a cap on the comments made by imbeciles like Dimwit that, purposely or not, takes the edge off a well-written and informative article such as this with his incoherent, idiotic comments.

    I understand that this is coming from me who has left more than a few combative comments, but at least I try and stay on target. I don’t know if Fuckwit thinks he’s funny, intelligent, a wise guy, or what but it’s annoying. He makes no fucking sense. I know he thinks he’s being clever, but there’s a time and place for his brand of follishness and it’s not here.

    Even Incogman, whose brutish behavior undermines whatever salient points he may occasionally pull out of his overweight ass, left a positive comment that clearly shows he read the article and understood it. Dumfuck, on the other hand, leaves a comment of absolute nonsense, which pertains not one iota to what is a very serious piece of information that you have shared with your readers.

    I enjoy irreverence as much as the next person, but his attempts at irreverence are not only out of context, they are completely dull and uninspired. He’s a moron. I understand this is your blog and you choose to let anyone post a comment [hence the appearance of Incogman], but I hope you do understand how comments such as Halfwit’s comments above do not add to the topic and actually detract from it.

    Thank you.

  4. January 23, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Manco: I appreciate your impassioned words and demonstration of concern for others who read the blog. I allow individuals, such as yourself, to comment as a source of personal amusement. I couldn’t care less what the average stumblebum thinks about another’s idiotic response to my posts. Your recommendation to censor comments is the pinnacle of hypocrisy – given your numerous petulant attacks on myself and others in the past year.

    I have a piece of advice for you Manco – If you don’t like to read comments, don’t click the button. I am sure you are a big boy whose mommy methodically prepared you for life away from the teet. Now show us what you learned and put those finely honed social skills to good work.

    Yours in Christ,

  5. 5 Manco
    January 24, 2009 at 1:32 am

    Peepers: You dumb bastard. I never said censor Dimfuck. I said cap, which means monitor his comments if you care about retaining the emotional and/or intellectual punch of your pieces. Question: do you find his commentary adds to the ideas you present? The least you could do is form a coherent thought before he clicks the submit button.

    I’m sure you haven’t allowed every comment at your blog to be posted. But, hey, if you prefer to have your thought-provoking [sincerely] articles sucked dry of their luster by idiotic comments, by all means carry on. However, I have read this blog enough to know that you allow certain vacuous statements to go by while attacking others. Strangely enough it’s usually the sycophants who kneel before your repulsive visage that you allow to channel their idiocy unabated while those with a brain not resembling an acorn in size who happen to disagree with you a time or two are attacked by you as hypocrites and petulant. Don’t run your line of bullshit around me, boy. I see through it and will throw it back in your tortured mug.

    I read the comments to see what readers are saying. It’s a little difficult to avoid reading a blog [and I do enjoy reading the blog] without reading the comments. Every once in a while there is a scrap of thoughtful commentary left by someone. You see, Peepers, reader interaction is sort of what makes a blog, little buddy. Without the audience interaction yours is merely a voice belonging to a scarred meathead screaming in the dark.

    So think twice before you come at me, sucka.

    And, Dimson: You’re still a worthless fucking maggot no matter how much you pay Peepers in cash and sexual favors to protect you from the SCARY MAN.

  6. 6 dummidumbwit
    January 24, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Manco has a point, I do tend to lay out my ideas better in my own blog and use comments as an attempt for more levity, but it’s just that if I used comments to blog, I wouldn’t have time for my own site, so I don’t write big essays in comments. Oddly, a visit to Dillsnap without the risk of Manco going off on you would be unnatural, I think.

  7. 7 Timotheus
    January 26, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    According to Tice, “The National Security Agency had access to all Americans’ communications — faxes, phone calls, and their computer communications…They monitored all communications.”

    How on earth can any organization of finite size monitor ALL communications with any clarity? That’s like having a bureau keep track of every vile utterance by Manco.

  8. 8 Harvey Danger
    January 26, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    That’s assuming anyone would ever care enough about what Manco says.

    I thought it was common knowledge that the government spies on everything and everyone. Although, I also thought it was common knowledge that nobody really cared.

  9. 9 Manco
    January 27, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    Harvey: I have had religions founded by those who wait with bated breath for the next collection of words to flow forth from my mouth, pen or my fingers on this here contraption. It’s not easy being me, I admit.

    No one cares about the government spying on tthem because people have been stripped of their rebellious tendencies. Everything is safe and neatly planned these days. Throw in some psychotropic drugs, propagandizing media and the braindead quotient rises.

    As Orwell wrote: “In reality very little was known about the proles. It was not necessary to know much. So long as they continued to work and breed, their other activities were without importance. Left to themselves, like cattle turned loose upon the plains of Argentina, they had reverted to a style of life that appeared natural to them, a sort of ancestral pattern. They were born, they grew up in the gutters, they went to work at twelve, they passed through a brief blossoming period of beauty and sexual desire, they married at twenty, they were middle-aged at thirty, they died, for the most part, at sixty. Heavy physical work, the care of home and children, petty quarrels with neighbours, films, football, beer, and above all, gambling, filled up the horizon of their minds. To keep them in control was not difficult. A few agents of the Thought Police moved always among them, spreading false rumours and marking down and eliminating the few individuals who were judged capable of becoming dangerous. No attempt was made to indoctrinate them with the ideology of the Party. It was not desirable that the proles should have strong political feelings. All that was required of them was a primitive patriotism which could be appealed to whenever it was necessary to make them accept longer working-hours or shorter rations. And even when they became discontented, as they sometimes did, their discontent led nowhere, because being without general ideas, they could only focus in on petty specific grievances. The larger evils invariably escaped their notice.”

  10. 10 dummidumbwit
    January 28, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    More Orwellian than the 80’s Apple Superbowl ad, with Illuminati and Masonic themes to boot

  11. January 31, 2009 at 9:04 am

    Timmy: Having access to “all” communications is not the same as monitoring every one in real time. The NSA employs data-mining algorithms assigned to profiles to trigger Big Brother’s closer scrutiny. A telephone conversation containing words such as “al Qaeda”, “terrorist”, or “9-11” might get you an unsolicited party on the line. The Texas Cryptology Center (Big Brother memory bank) will be used to warehouse all communications for later review.

    Obama’s commie intelligence minions might be concerned with your far-right conservative inclinations. Those that cling to their “guns and religion” could pose a threat to the impending NWO collectivist/globalist agenda. Keep your nose clean and your thoughts pure Timmy 🙂

  12. 12 Brooke Stone
    February 12, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    The Enemy is W/In & is W/Out. Surely Not all of the NSA folks work for The Dark Side? Besides, the work they do is…intriguing…

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