July 29th, 2014

They’re watching. Sshhhh…

Here are a couple interesting documents that describe some of the details on the “secret room” at AT&T that was setup for the NSA. The first is one of the original documents that Mark Klein wrote about the secret room. It contains some background, technical details about room and the fiber split, what type of equipment went in the room, where it was, and even some pictures of the entrance. Here is an excerpt from the summary:

I wrote the following document in 2004 when it became clear to me that AT&T, at the behest of the National Security Agency, had illegally installed secret computer gear designed to spy on internet traffic. At the time I thought this was an outgrowth of the notorious “Total Information Awareness” program which was attacked by defenders of civil liberties. But now it’s been revealed by the New York Times that the spying program is vastly bigger and was directly authorized by president Bush, as he himself has now admitted, in flagrant violation of specific statues and Constitutional protections for civil liberties. I am presenting this information to facilitate the dismantling of this dangerous Orwellian project.

Here is one of the pictures of an entrance to the “secret room” at AT&T central office, 611 Folsom St. San Francisco:

The second is the public version of Klein’s declaration from EFF’s class-action suit against AT&T. This has some more details and some of the back story on how he was approached. Interestingly some of the redacted information in this document is covered in the first document.

This image has been floating around and is pretty amusing:

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