Wednesday, September 5, 2012

National Reconnaissance Office plans even larger, more advanced spy satellite array

Madison Ruppert
End The Lie
September 4, 2012

The United States’ National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) is the shadowy government agency tasked with maintaining and operating a massive system of spy satellites in orbit around the Earth and conducting surveillance of various targets around the globe.

This is just one of the many surveillance apparatuses which surround us in the United States, quickly turning what was once a free nation into an Orwellian surveillance state.

Keep in mind; this is the same NRO which has been accused of illegally spying on Americans (along with the National Security Agency (NSA)) and which is referred to by some as, “One of the most secretive agencies in the federal government.”

In a new budget document for this fiscal year, obtained via Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request on August 22, 2012 by Steven Aftergood of the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), we learn of some of the many technologies employed by the NRO along with those they seek to acquire and develop in the near future.

Unfortunately, very little of the document is actually available to read since major sections of the budget justification are redacted in their entirety or so heavily redacted that no relevant information can be gleaned from them.

“Allowing for the fact that perhaps 90% of the 450 page budget document remains classified, it is still possible to glean at least fragmentary insight into the current state of the NRO,” wrote Aftergood for the FAS blog Secrecy News.

The NRO has been quite a shadowy agency since it was started in 1961 with Wired’s Danger Room writing that the NRO “has maintained round-the-clock orbital surveillance with a classified arsenal of satellites, reportedly including Keyhole camera-sats, downward-scanning Lacrosse space radars and signals intelligence spacecraft with giant arrays for sucking up communications from Earth.”