CIA Head: We Will Spy On Americans Through Electrical Appliances

Global information surveillance grid being constructed;  willing Americans embrace gadgets used to spy on them

Steve Watson

Infowars.com March 16, 2012

CIA director David Petraeus has said that the rise  of new “smart” gadgets means that Americans are effectively bugging their own  homes, saving US spy agencies a job when it identifies any “persons of  interest”.

Speaking at a summit for In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s  technology investment operation, Petraeus made the comments when discussing new  technologies which aim to add processors and web connections to previously  ‘dumb’ home appliances such as fridges, ovens and lighting systems.

Wired reports the details via its Danger Room Blog:

“‘Transformational’ is an overused word, but I do  believe it properly applies to these technologies,” Petraeus enthused,  “particularly to their effect on clandestine tradecraft.”

“Items of interest will be located, identified,  monitored, and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency  identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters —  all connected to the next-generation internet using abundant, low-cost, and  high-power computing,” Petraeus said.

“the latter now going to cloud computing, in many  areas greater and greater supercomputing, and, ultimately, heading to quantum  computing.” the CIA head added.

Patreaus also stated that such devices within the home  “change our notions of secrecy”.

Petraeus’ comments come in the same week that one of the  biggest microchip companies in the world, ARM, unveiled new processors that are  designed to give practically every household appliance an internet  connection, in order that they can be remote controlled and operate  in tandem with applications.

ARM describes the concept as an “internet of things”.

Where will all the information from such devices be sent and  analyzed? It can be no coincidence that the NSA is currently building a monolithic heavily fortified $2 billion  facility deep in the Utah desert and surrounded by mountains. The  facility is set to go fully live in September 2013.

“The Utah data center is the centerpiece of the Global  Information Grid, a military project that will handle yottabytes of data, an  amount so huge that there is no other data unit after it.” reports Gizmodo.

“This center—with every listening post, spy satellite and NSA  datacenter connected to it, will make the NSA the most powerful spy agency in  the world.”

Wired reports that the incoming data is being mined  by plugging into telecommunications companies’ switches, essentially the same  method the NSA infamously uses for warrantless wiretapping of domestic  communications, as exposed six years ago.

Former intelligence analyst turned best selling author James  Bamford, has penned a lengthy piece on the NSA facility and warns  “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.”

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