NSA Launches ‘Perfect Citizen’ Surveillance Program

NSA logoSiobhan Gorman reports on the NSA’s latest Big Brother scheme, for the Wall Street Journal:

The federal government is launching an expansive program dubbed “Perfect Citizen” to detect cyber assaults on private companies and government agencies running such critical infrastructure as the electricity grid and nuclear-power plants, according to people familiar with the program.

The surveillance by the National Security Agency, the government’s chief eavesdropping agency, would rely on a set of sensors deployed in computer networks for critical infrastructure that would be triggered by unusual activity suggesting an impending cyber attack, though it wouldn’t persistently monitor the whole system, these people said.

Defense contractor Raytheon Corp. recently won a classified contract for the initial phase of the surveillance effort valued at up to $100 million, said a person familiar with the project.

An NSA spokeswoman said the agency had no information to provide on the program. A Raytheon spokesman declined to comment.

Some industry and government officials familiar with the program see Perfect Citizen as an intrusion by the NSA into domestic affairs, while others say it is an important program to combat an emerging security threat that only the NSA is equipped to provide.

“The overall purpose of the [program] is our Government…feel[s] that they need to insure the Public Sector is doing all they can to secure Infrastructure critical to our National Security,” said one internal Raytheon email, the text of which was seen by The Wall Street Journal. “Perfect Citizen is Big Brother.”…

[continues in the Wall Street Journal]

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13 Responses to NSA Launches ‘Perfect Citizen’ Surveillance Program

  1. justagirl July 9, 2010 at 11:01 am #

    is THAT the official seal of the national security agency!??? i like iT.

    • Haystack July 10, 2010 at 2:14 am #

      No, in the original seal the eagle is also giving you the finger.

      • justagirl July 10, 2010 at 10:54 am #

        well, then i like the new one better. the bird needs to concentrate on his job. besides, the finger is just a childish jesture that represents defeat. is that an owl you have as a meme? i like owls.

        • GoodDoktorBad July 10, 2010 at 5:29 pm #

          Do you worship Molech?

          • justagirl July 10, 2010 at 5:59 pm #

            no. in fact, i defeated him (once again) a couple weeks ago in the deadly alliance. why do you ask?

          • GoodDoktorBad July 10, 2010 at 7:29 pm #

            Not the same Molech…..I don't think…..

            Molech is an “owl god” diety

            They used to sacrifice children to him…..

            Google Molech or Moloch……

          • justagirl July 10, 2010 at 7:50 pm #

            i think it is. i just like owls. i think they are SO cute with their big feets and eyes. and, my grandmother told me they were good luck, too. i googled it already – i was surprised you thought i would worship such a creature. but, i didn't see anything about owls. i suppose i didn't read thoroughly enough. i am extremely uninformed of such trifles.

          • GoodDoktorBad July 10, 2010 at 9:14 pm #

            I was joking about the worship thing………

            I'm a silly man……

          • justagirl July 10, 2010 at 9:19 pm #

            it's ok.
            i'm a tired girl.

  2. GoodDoktorBad July 10, 2010 at 5:17 pm #

    This too will be hacked……

  3. justagirl July 11, 2010 at 2:19 am #

    it’s ok.
    i’m a tired girl.

  4. GoodDoktorBad July 10, 2010 at 10:14 pm #

    I was joking about the worship thing………

    I'm a silly man……

  5. justagirl July 10, 2010 at 10:19 pm #

    it's ok.
    i'm a tired girl.

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