So, how does the NSA get data of everything you do on the web if it isn’t being handed over by your ISP? Is your ISP lying to you? Are they using weasel phrases like “except required by law”?

The Internet was originally designed to be highly decentralized, which would make gathering all communications close to impossible. But in 1994, Merit Systems in Michigan was tasked with developing a plan to migrate the Internet from an academic to one available to the public.

Their solution was to established highly centralized “network Access Points” (NAPs) in key locations in New Jersey, Chicago, Washington DC, San Jose and Dallas. There were lots of rumors at the time that the backbone carriers were fronts for government intelligence operations – since ISPs didn’t want to pay for “transit” services, it meant easy access to snoop on everything for an extremely modest amount of money.

Since then, the 1000s of local dial up ISPs have been replaced by a very small number if broadband carriers (AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Time Warner who will gladly consent to network taps on their connections – note that in their denials of cooperation, they say they don’t let government agencies have access to their servers. Let me capture and store your entire IP stream from your routers and I don’t need your servers.

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2 Responses to XKeyScore

  1. Nidster says:

    Face facts, our government is lying to us. The BlameStream media is covering up the plot. The so-called opposition party, absent a hand full of senators and representatives, has bent-over, spread their cheeks, and you know the rest.

    We are running short on time folks. Over the years many callers to Rush and others have stated emphatically that our government is going down the same path as other repressive and oppressive governments did in the past. Their stories are basically the same: a) they are happy to have escaped the reach of those governments, b) and landed on the shores of a free nation, c) but now see all the signs of a police state forming in America, d) they are concerned that so few people seem to be concerned with the erosion of liberty and rule of law and e) once America is over taken will there be any nation left that respects individual freedoms, our unalienable rights?

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