13 June 2013
NSA Architecture of Oppression
2013-0649.pdf Advanced Network Technology-Architecture June 15, 2013
2013-0648.pdf Technical Aspects of Electronic Surveillance June 15, 2013
2013-0647.htm Electronic Surveillance - 1997 Repost June 15, 2013
2013-0643.htm NSA-Affiliated IP Resources 15 - 2007 Repost June 14, 2013
2013-0642.htm NSA-Affiliated IP Resources 14 - 2007 Repost June 14, 2013
2013-0636.pdf Who Owns North American Internet - Text June 13, 2013
2013-0635.pdf Who Owns North American Internet - Map June 13, 2013 (1.1MB)
2013-0634.htm TeleHouse Europe US Equinix Hubs 2008 Repost June 13, 2013
2013-0633.htm NYC Telephone Switching Hubs 2002 Repost June 13, 2013
2013-0632.htm Trans-Atlantic Cable Landings 2002 Repost June 13, 2013
2013-0631.htm Trans-Pacific Cable Landings 2002 Repost June 13, 2013
Edward Snowden's use of "architecture of oppression" to indicate NSA's global
surveillance should not be seen as metaphorical but literally about the spying
infrastructure through which NSA can directly access communications and data
in technical if not legal disregard of lawful restrictions. He is not
exaggerating about the technological architecture for accessing any telephone
in the world, including Obama's.
It is likely the NSA PRISM slides and other documents Snowden holds about
this technology and its supporting infrastructure which are being withheld
from the public, along with the details of what telecommunications "metadata"
can be used to reveal.
There have numerous descriptions of this infrastructure from David Kahn's
Codebreakers to New Zealander Nicky Hager's groundbreaking
Echelon report, Echelon
reports by British journalist
Duncan Campbell and
Frost, to Appraisal of
the Technologies of Political Control, to James Bamford's
Puzzle Palace, other books and essays on the NSA, to Mark Klein's
revelation of ATT cooperation
with NSA, and much more.
Using these sources, Cryptome, among others, has collected and published
graphic material on
the surveillance infrastructure, particularly maps and satellite photos of
the joint governmental and commercial facilities. Deborah Natsios, of Cryptome,
has created graphical
essays of global surveillance. None of this is secret, but mostly overlooked,
usually in favor of verbal and textual accounts which do not adequately convey
the underlying "architecture of oppression" which Edward Snowden is proficient
Much of the underlying architecture is inadvertently, or deliberately, concealed
by diverting verbal accounts, lack of direct access to facilities and inadequate
skills at grasping and delineating physical infrastructure.
Snowden, and others, could provide keys and material to understand the
architecture and those who operatte it without which global surveillance
could not occur and cannot be understood.
In the Church Committee investigation of NSA in the 1970s, an NSA technician
revealed "massive surveillance" that had been denied by senior NSA officials.
Asked by the committee why the technician had not revealed this before, he
answered, "nobody asked me."
The failure of intelligence oversight derives from not being briefed on,
diverted by verbiage of deceit by senior officials, the details of the
surveillance infrastructure. This deceit applies to the media, high office
holders and chiefs and lawyers of corporations.
The devil is always in the details, in architecture as in spying concealed