Now You See It, Now You Don't: NSA Data Centre at Buckley Air Base US

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National Security Agency (NSA), Fort Meade, Maryland US. Courtesy: Trevor Paglen

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 10 January 2015

Imagine an alien, aka. Agar, who lands its spaceship on the lawn of the Pink House, Utopia, disembarks, walks through the front door to the lift and presses the up button. Less than a minute later the interstellar visitor is in the lift standing beside the autocratic despot who heads Utopia, aka. Osama, and asks:

Agar: Why have you censored access to the satellite views of Buckley Air Force Base in Colorado?
Osama: My regime is committed to openness and transparency but there are some folks, most of them actually, that we don't tell how their tax dollars are being spent.
Agar: How can I restore my view of Buckley and all the other facilities you have censored?
Osama: Just head on over to China or Russia, they've got it all mapped now.

Buckley Air Force Base (Buckley) has been on the US military map since 1942. Fifty nine years later, on 1 October 2001, the 460th Air Base Wing of the US Air Force (USAF), later to morph into the USAF 460th Space Wing (460th Space Wing) on the 19 August 2004, set up their reconnaissance operations along with the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) at Buckley. Their remits are, respectively:

460th Space Wing:
Maximize missile warning through Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) operations and deliver outstanding installation support.
Monitoring the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
Tracking international terrorists, drug traffickers, and criminal organizations.
Developing highly accurate military targeting data and bomb damage assessments.
Supporting international peacekeeping and humanitarian relief operations.
Assessing the impact of natural disasters, such as earthquakes, tsunamis, floods and fires.

In the words of the US Air Force:

The Aerospace Data Facility-Colorado is a multi-mission ground station responsible for supporting worldwide defense operations and multi-agency collection, analysis, reporting and dissemination of intelligence information. It provides data to defense, intelligence, and civil agencies supporting the U.S. Government and its Allies.

The involvement of the National Security Agency (NSA) in Buckley began back in 1989 when the 743rd Military Intelligence Battalion was activated at Fort Meade, Maryland US to provide command, control and support services to the 704th Military Intelligence Brigade located at many US signals intelligence (SIGINT) sites around the world. More recently, since the reorganisation of the 743rd Battalion in 1998, Buckley has been expanding rapidly as the integration of data from the USAF 460th Space Wing, the NRO, and now the NSA have become an objective of the Empire.

Enter the NSA's new Data Integration Centre at Buckley:

Buckley Air Force Base SIGINT Unit construction site, Denver, Colorado, US, sometime in November 2014. Courtesy: Open Source

Then again, a month or so later:

Buckley Air Force Base SIGINT Unit construction site, Denver, Colorado, US, sometime in December 2014. Courtesy: Open Source

In the upper left-hand corner of the second image there appears to be a roof structure (approx. 130m x 35m) covering what was once an open construction site (see first image). However, a closer inspection of the image reveals, even to a untrained novice in the art of aerial and satellite reconnaissance, that a patch has been pasted on.

In other words, the Obama regime does not want their own people, nor other users of their technology, to see what is going on at the SIGINT Unit in Buckley Air Force Base but if you head on over to China or Russia and use their mapping and satellite imaging facilities, you can.

What makes this situation particularly interesting is that both China and Russia have satellites constantly circumnavigating the globe, as does the US, yet neither are regarded as a threat in this instance because a canopy has not been erected over the site to hide their activities. Clearly the threat is not those nation states with global mapping and imaging technologies but the general public of most Western nations, and others who use their systems, who must not be allowed to know how their taxes are being spent. In fact, it is this knowledge that is the most coveted of all.

Thus, the behaviour of the Western Empire, a construct which includes a plutocratic Military Industrial Complex fronted by self-serving authoritarian despots, is completely symptomatic of how they regard the vast majority of their own people: a barely tolerable group of the population who not only must be controlled and manipulated but increasingly deprived of their political and democratic rights. Furthermore, this policy is to be enforced at their own expense, i.e. through general taxation of the public, to enable them, the Empire, to construct as many bases as they deem necessary to fulfil their objectives.

If the people harboured any doubts about the nefarious motives of the Empire before, then they can now be certain that the primary objective of these facilities is the wholesale mass surveillance of the public to gather any information that may be of use against those who seek to exercise their rights.

That is, the people have become the primary target of the Empire in which they live.

The last gasps of a dying Empire draws breath from its own citizens.
Ann-Marie de Veer