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19 October 2008

James Bamford, The Shadow Factory: The Ultra-Secret NSA from 9/11 to the Eavesdropping on America, 2008, p. 236:

In 2006 Verizon constructed its "secret room" on the second floor of a nondescript two-story building at 14503 Luthe Road, in Houston, Texas. Once Verizon receives watch-listed names from the NSA, it then reroutes their Internet communications into that room, which is packed with secret Verint machines and software. After passing through the Verint software, the messages are then transmitted in real time to a central government surveillance hub in Sterling, Virginia. [This Sterling hub has not been located; leads to: cryptome[at] Might be the Verizon GNSOC in Ashburn, VA, facility]

Run by the FBI, the hub is a newly built annex for the bureau's Engineering Research Laboratory (ERF), located on the grounds of the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. ... An encrypted T1 cable connects the ERF Annex in Sterling directly to the NSA at Fort Meade. ...

While Verizon's data network is centrally tapped at Luthe Road in Houston, it appears that the voice network is monitored from the company's sprawling facility on Hidden Ridge Avenue in Irving, Texas, near Dallas. It is there that the company's Global Security Operations Center keeps tabs on the entire Verzion system, looking for fraud. According to a sworn affidavit by Babak Pasdar, a computer security expert who has worked as a contractor for a number of major telecoms, he discovered a mysterious DS-3 line at the heart of one company's system -- a link labeled "Quantico Circuit." His description of the company and the link seems to match that of Verizon as outlined in a lawsuit against the company.


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Verizon Secret Spying Facilities


Verizon, 14503 Luthe Road, Houston, TX


Verzion Global Security Operations Center, Hidden Ridge, Irving, TX



FBI Engineering Research Facility, Quantico, VA