AT&T just won a $2 billion contract with the National Security Agency, but nobody’s sure of what they’re going to do.
FILE – In his June 6, 2013 file photo, the National Security Agency (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md. The leak of what purports to be a National Security Agency hacking tool kit has set the information security world atwitter — and sent major companies rushing to update their defenses. Experts across the world are still examining what amount to electronic lock picks. Here’s what they’ve found so far. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
Libertarians and leftists have been outraged and in hysterics about the NSA for years. Further, traitors like Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden have joined an ongoing Russian-funded Wikileaks campaign to degrade American signals intelligence (listening in on the enemy). So naturally, when NSA starts throwing around billions of dollars for its “Groundbreaker” program, people want to know why.
NSA says that these contracts are being awarded to renovate and modernize “non-mission” systems. That is, according to this official story, AT&T is being asked to work on computers, phones, and Internet access that are used for the business of running the NSA, not for the businesses of listening in to the enemy (or the ever-present boogeyman of “domestic surveillance“).
They could be lying. AT&T could be getting hired to try to listen in on the domestic Internet and phones in America. NSA won’t tell us specifics because they don’t want to tell anyone specifics of how their internal systems operate.
Do you believe them?