Meet The NSAC - The US Government's Shadow Spy Agency

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Just when you thought you knew what the government's spy state was up to - thanks to Ed Snowden's heroics - along comes the National Security Analysis Cneter (NSAC). As PhaseZero exposes, they are not who you think they are. They are not the NSA or the CIA. The NSAC is an obscure element of the Justice Department that has grown from its creation in 2008 into a sprawling 400-person, $150 million-a-year multi-agency organization employing almost 300 analysts "for the purpose of monitoring the electronic footprints of terrorists and their supporters, identifying their behaviors, and providing actionable intelligence." Read that again "and their supporters." As PhaseZero concludes, this shadow government agency is considerably scarier than the NSA.

If you have a telephone number that has ever been called by an inmate in a federal prison, registered a change of address with the Postal Service, rented a car from Avis, used a corporate or Sears credit card, applied for nonprofit status with the IRS, or obtained non-driver’s legal identification from a private company, they have you on file.

They are not who you think they are. As Gawker's Phase Zero reports, they are not the NSA or the CIA. They are the National Security Analysis Center (NSAC), an obscure element of the Justice Department that has grown from its creation in 2008 into a sprawling 400-person, $150 million-a-year multi-agency organization employing almost 300 analysts, the majority of whom are corporate contractors.

The Center has its roots in the Foreign Terrorist Tracking Task Force (FTTTF), a small cell established in October 2001 to look for additional 9/11-like terrorists who might have entered the United States. But with the emergence of significant “homegrown” threats in the late aughts, the Task Force’s focus was thought to be too narrow.



NSAC was created to focus scrutiny on new threat, specifically on Americans, particularly Muslims, who might pose a hidden threat (the Task Force became a unit within NSAC’s bureaucratic umbrella). As Americans began traveling abroad to join al-Shabaab and then ISIS, the Center’s dragnet expanded to catch the vast pool of “youth” who also might fit a profile of either radicalism or law-breaking. Its mission runs the full gamut of “national security the United States and its interests,” according to a partially declassified Justice Department Inspector General report. That includes everything from terrorism to counter-narcotics, nuclear proliferation, and espionage.


NSAC not only has a focus beyond foreign investigations or terrorists, but in the past year-and-a-half, according to documents obtained by Phase Zero and extensive interviews with contractors and government officials who have worked with the Center and the Task Force, it has also aggressively built up a partnership with the military, taking on deep background investigations of foreign-born and foreign-connected soldiers, civilians, and contractors working for the government. Its investigations go far beyond traditional security “vetting”; NSAC scours certain select government employees, contractors and their affiliates, examining multiple layers of connected relatives and associates. And the Center hosts dozens of additional “liaison” officers from other government agencies, providing those agencies with frictionless access to private information about U.S. residents that they would otherwise not have.


Today, through a series of high-level classified authorities and commercial relationships, the Center has access to over 130 databases and datasets of information comprising some two billion records, over half of which are unique and not contained in any other government information warehouse. The Center is, in fact, according to interviews with government officials, the sole organization in the U.S. government with the authority to delve deeply into the activities and associations of foreigners and Americans alike.

The Center’s powerful perch—and its virtually unlimited reach—brings the federal government closer than ever to the Holy Grail of connecting every dot, a dream that has been pursued by terrorist hunters since the failures that permitted the 9/11 attacks 14 years ago.

The data access and analytic methods it uses grew out of a retrospective analysis of the vast reams of data about the 19 hijackers that law enforcement and intelligence agencies had indicators off, but never acted on. The Foreign Terrorist Tracking Task Force (originally called “F-tri-F” by insiders) meticulously reconstructed the actions of the 19 hijackers and other known law-breakers—how they lived their day-to-day lives and what they did to avoid intelligence detection—to find patterns and triggers of potential wrongdoing. They created thousands of pages of chronologies covering the 19 hijackers from the moment they entered the United States, trying to recreate what each did every day they were here.




Those patterns then became profiles that could be applied to vast amounts of disparate and unstructured data to sniff out similar attributes. Those attributes, once applied to individuals, became the legal predicate for collection and retention of data. If someone fit the profile, they were worthy of a second look. They were worthy of a second look if they might fit the profile.


The American people have repeatedly rejected the notion of a domestic intelligence agency operating within our borders. Yet NSAC has become the real-world equivalent. Along the way in its development though, the Center has rarely been discussed in the federal budget or in congressional oversight hearings available to the public. And being neither solely a part of the intelligence community (IC) nor solely a law enforcement agency (and yet both), it skirts limitations that exist in each community, allowing it to collect and examine information on people who are not otherwise accused of or suspected of any crime.

The Foreign Terrorist Tracking Task Force was always meant to be a proactive lookout, using data mining and the full gamut of public and private information to identify hidden operatives based upon their associations, movements or transactions.

An internal document provided to Phase Zero describes the Task Force as organizing “data from many divergent public, government and international sources for the purpose of monitoring the electronic footprints of terrorists and their supporters, identifying their behaviors, and providing actionable intelligence to appropriate law enforcement, government agencies, and the intelligence community.”


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boattrash's picture

Well, fuck them too.

Paveway IV's picture

"...Well, fuck them too..."

Don't say that. The Stazi is your friend for now.

You like friends, don't you? The secret police of the state is kind of disorganized right now. Cheney didn't have time to finish his evil plans. If the U.S. had a properly armed and staffed Ministry of the Interior, then it would have been so much simpler. We have this sort of half-Stazi DHS and then a bunch of other federal police and intelligence services spread out across several other agencies. After martial law is declared, this is sure to get remedied. It will be crystal clear to everyone who is actually part of the U.S. Stazi.

Unfortunately, the ones who will understand it best - us - will be sent to the ovens. Then you can say fuck the Stazi. The rest of the sheeple won't really care. After all, what is there to fear from the Stazi if you've done nothing wrong? They're there to protect the sheeple.

boattrash's picture

Good one Paveway, Sorry though, it's just one of the side-effects of having come to terms with my own mortality. It really stripped me of the PC BS, and the desire to "keep my head down".

Paveway IV's picture

Years ago, I always thought the German people must have been kind of selectively blind or dumb in the early 1930's. I mean, how the fuck couldn't the average German see what was happening? Wasn't there any Germans with enough brains and balls to say, "Hey, we need to get the pitchforks and torches. These fuckers are starting to go full-retard!"

Today I understand the Germans back then a hell of a lot better. If it was only that simple. Instead, it's like standing in the ocean with your ams outstretched trying to hold the tide back with a few hundred other people. They're all bitching: "If there were only more people out here with their arms stretched out, we could STOP this damn tide! When will the other people realize what's happening and come out here to help us?"

Cornelius: [reading from the sacred scrolls of the apes] Beware the beast Man, for he is the Devil's pawn. Alone among God's primates, he kills for sport or lust or greed. Yea, he will murder his brother to possess his brother's land. Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his home and yours. Shun him; drive him back into his jungle lair, for he is the harbinger of death.

boattrash's picture

Paveway, are you referring to the German's acceptance of Hitler, or their acceptance of the reparations thrust upon them as a result of WWI? I really have no problem understanding how they allowed/accepted Hitler (in the beginning, at least), after having tried to survive the period of reparations. Study up on that, adjusted to today's dollars.

Paveway IV's picture

I'm referring to the fact that they couldn't stop the tide. Hitler was a big wave, not the tide. Reparations were waves, not the tide. Both world wars were a bunch of waves, not the tide. See my response to Joe A below. DHS and NSAC are waves. Disbanding the treasonous, usurped DOJ today is useless - it will not stop the tide.

This is uninteresting: "...The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist..."

This is the most important thing on earth: "...The greatest trick the psychopaths ever pulled was convincing the world he [the devil] does exist..."

Cornelius was the only one that nailed it.

Mr. Ed's picture

Just to put things in perspective:  the NSAC does not seem to be engaging in the same wholesale, indiscriminate, warrantless collection of data that William Binney has criticised the NSA for.

Now, whether they are complying with the Fourth Amendment requirements of a warrant and particularity in their collection of data is not clear, and I'm not optimistic about that because respect for the constitution is so low within our governent.

Still, I think the distinction should be made... it sounds to me like this is a case of law enforcement actually doing work.  You know: investigating, reasoning, connecting the dots, drawing conclusions and for a specific purpose..., ie, thinking!

That's a bit better than what the mindless, budget-busting data collectors at the NSA, and various heavy-handed LEO's have been up to.

Skip's picture

boattrash you are certainly correct!

The Good Society

I want to thank you for giving me this opportunity to discuss with you a few ideas, which I hope will prove both stimulating and challenging.

This morning I would like to talk about the good society. More specifically, I would like to discuss the economic and social aspects of a good society.

What should these be? What are the signs of such a society? Let's take a look.

• Among other things in such a society, we would want a stable and prosperous economy, one with full employment and living wages.

•We would want affordable housing, whether in the purchasing or renting of a home.

•We would want a system of health care accessible to everyone, regardless of economic circumstance.

•We would want generous provision for disability, maternity leave and retirement.

•We would want free access to college education and vocational training for any qualified applicant.

•We would want a healthy farming community, one which favors small family farms over large agribusiness conglomerates.

•We would want the kind of public safety where one didn't have to live in gated communities to feel secure, and where one could walk down the street of any city at any time, day or night—without fear of being mugged, assaulted, or worse.

•We would want rigorous protection of the environment under a regime that is more concerned about the condition of our forests, our earth, our air and our waters than about corporate profit and pollution.

These are some of the things we would want—for every citizen of our good society.

Today we have none of these things. Why? Do these expectations of a good society sound unreasonable, or utopian?

I say to you that they are not—as is proven by the fact that there once was a society which had all of these things and more.

Joe A's picture

If there had been another round of elections in 1937, the German people would have voted the Nazis away from power. But of course there were no elections. Prior to that, the German people were treated to a nazi style dose of hope and change with added anti-semitism for full effect. Strange thing is, just like the US now, Germany back then had high gun possession in society.

Nowadays there are elections in the US but they have voting machines. Not that is matters. The choice is virtually between two extremes of the same political dimension. Bush-Clinton, Bush-Clinton. OK, interrupted by hope and change. Names don't matter. If elections really mattered they would have been abolished a long time ago. Now they just control the political discourse in order to give people the illusion they can make a change.

Paveway IV's picture

"...If there had been another round of elections in 1937, the German people would have voted the Nazis away from power..."

It wouldn't have mattered, which is kind of my point. Germany's problems arguably started half a century before WWI (in my Barney-simple understanding per boattrash's comment above). 

In 1937, there was a power vacuum in Germany that some psychopath was going to fill. Elections, no elections... who cares? If there were elections and the German people did vote for Hitler, would it have mattered? Did they have other choices? They were beyond fucked at that point - I don't judge them. Toss in the fact that they lived on a continent with plenty of other friendly/hostile psychopathic national leaders. Someone was going to do something. The Germans had run out of time.

Some day history is going to look back very harshly on the actions of the U.S. - voting isn't going to make any difference now. The details don't have to be 'just like Germany'. They're close enough. Will the American people vote for the global genocide of WWIII? Who cares - it's going to happen. We've been on that path for decades. 

Re: voting "...Now they just control the political discourse in order to give people the illusion they can make a change..."

They've made voting 'useful' for that purpose, but a psychopath wouldn't think twice about dispensing with that for convenience's sake when the time comes, just like Hitler. They would prefer not to do that as long as the voting charade still works.  There is no moral calculus though - whatever works or whatever they can get away with. 

I hope people in the future - if they ever are given the chance - make their constitution a bit more robust in that regard and explicity describe the threat they mean to guard against. I have to wonder how much longer our constitution would have survived if they had been very clear about the threat of psychopaths they were guarding against.

The very first sentence of the new constitution should be "Warning: Psychopaths will continually try to usurp this document, all the mechanisms of state it defines and the state itself - that's what they do and that's all they will do forever until they succeed."

lakecity55's picture

May I suggest anyone wanting office is NOT allowed to run?

President Jackson was willing to serve, but he did not campaign in the usual sense. He was content to stay at the Hermitage.

Only when his supporters urged him did he relent. He lost his wife and went to DC alone with only his niece to  help him.

That is a Leader, IMHO. Plus he hated the banksters.

SmedleyButlersGhost's picture

Best Inaugural Party ever. Made Animal House look tame

jefferson32's picture

That's called sortition (random election of government officials). It dates back to ancient Athens. Its vestige is the jury selection process.

And indeed it makes sense, would you rather grant power to someone who's been dreaming of and striving for it, or rather to someone who reluctantly accepts it?

The key however is decentralization of power (local governance and institutional competition). This is the essence and the definition of a republic (expressed for example through the separate legislative, executive and judiciary powers). This is also the purpose of the US constitution (limiting centralized power).

Power still corrupts if the corrupted is selected randomly.

At the local level, to elect the sheriff or the local legislative/judiciairy, and as long as the morality of individual rights are understood, sortition isn't bad an approach.

Zoomorph's picture

Hitler was a popular leader because he really cared about his nation and people. He did not look down on the German people, but respected and admired them. He worked hard to improve the quality of life in Germany. He stood up for Germans in areas stolen after WWI. He didn't want war, but, given no choice, he led the Germans in war against all odds. The German people largely supported him up to the end.

He was a popular leader. Not the type of "leaders" we have in the U.S., which are owned by special interests, lie to us, sell our country's interests to foreign powers, and generally don't give a rat's ass about us beyond our vote. Why do you think he'd have been voted out?

ImGumbydmmt's picture

Also read "Roll Me Over" A first hand account of a US infantryman who fought all the way though Nazi Germany. He has similar contempt for the German civilians in WWII,

But this could apply today to most of my "friends and neighbors"

Case-in point

I have an email from our church not to speak against the government agian, so I just never went back.

This came after I spoke up about the Pew Research poll stating that 69% of Evangelical Christians support torture of prisoners.

I was an Infantryman myself (post Viet Nam, Pre 9/11). Torture and/or executuon of prisoners is a major taboo from all our training.

we were ALL trained in the Lt William Calley - Mai Lai village incident. Following unlawful orders will get you a court martial

To think "Christians" are in support of torture it, just burns my hide.

But its just like the good folks of the villages and town of Nazi Germany in "Roll Me Over"

Tending garden on one side of the wall while smoke from "The Ovens" drifts over from the  concentration camp on the other side. Or them having to sing louder at church to drown out the screams coming from the camps.

We can expect the same from our American "Friends and neighbors" in the days to come.

Or worse, Remember, 80% of those killed by the French Revolution Guilotines were fellow peasants who were accused of "hoarding food"

Mark my words.

bluez's picture

We have the old single-selection two-party. So no choice at all for you.

The "republic" is simply ruled by judges who may, for example, throw gays a bone for show now and then, but really only watch out for the rights of the people who matter -- the rich, of course.

Democracy means knowingness and good will of the PEOPLE. Not the republicist rapaciousness of the judges.

Teach the people! Trust The People! We are not the "mob"! The rich Great Gamers are the real mob. You have to know the truth and seek the truth and the truth will set you free.

There are two entirely different kinds of elections, and kinds of "contestants". An election of the president of a science fiction novel forum is not at all the same thing as an election of a United States President. The former is really a contest between two (or more) individual candidates (and their agendas), but the latter is actually a contest between the weak and the mighty — the well-supported candidates of a very few elites versus the grass-roots candidates of the vast multitude of non-elite people.

Simple score voting can be completely described in one short simple sentence: Give no vote at all, or from one to ten votes to any number of candidates you wish (up to some reasonable limit, say 20 candidates), and then simply add all the votes up.

It can be completely machine-free! If machines make tallying X time easier, they make coordinated rigging X times easier. Which can we truly afford???

One could say that simple score eliminates 90% of the spoiler effect. To illustrate: if a voter gives 10 votes to Nader and 9 votes to Gore, it is simply obvious that, if Nader does not win, the voter has only sacrificed exactly 10% of their voting power. Not 100% as they would have had they been forced to use the usual single-selection (“faux plurality”) voting method.

No fancy math is necessary to compare and contrast it to every other option for effectiveness and simplicity, including single-selection (aka "plurality," our present "system") Condorcet, Borda, IRV, Range (with its tricky "averages"), Approval (which is not adequately discriminative), etc.

The simple score method I advocate is the very simplest, since it only allows from 1 to 10 votes to be given, not from 0 to 9, or 0 to 10. That is simply another complication. It also has no vote-averaging that seriously complicates the "range" score method. I also seem t be the only one to point out that voters should always vote artfully (aka strategically), not artlessly or heroically (aka "honestly" or "sincerely").

(Simple score is not like approval voting at all -- it is vastly more discriminative.)

PLEASE NOTE: score voting has never been used when there were truly high stakes for the voters. The single-selection method has always been utilized to spoiler effect enforced two-party or two-candidate choices. And would three money-empowered choices be better? Did Greece and Spain with their parliamentary schemes fare well with their "systems"?

And the people MUST vote strategically -- NOT artlessly ("honestly", "sincerely")! Do the Senators and judges act with honesty and sincerity? Do they vote heroicaly? Take a wild guess!

And why do you suppose they don't have just ONE money-empowered candidate or party? Something to think about?

The_Dude's picture

 I wonder how many of those analysts work on Google's campus?

Know thy enemy...


junction's picture

Another welfare queen spy organization like Booz Allen Hamilton - Carlyle Group that produces nothing but red ink for the government.  If the NSAC wants to earn its money, issue arrest warrants for George Bush, Dick Cheney and Prince Bandar bin Sultan, all for conspiracy to commit mass murder.  Throw in another murder warrant for Obozo, for putting on his kill list those 20 Navy SEALs sent on a bogus mission in Afghanistan using a booby trapped helicopter. 

WTFUD's picture

If things were normal your post would receive +100 up votes. Even the Hedger's must be ASLEEP.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

They will do very well, considering they're turning the place into a nation of rats and snitches. 

Arnold's picture

OT , Kirk, you ticked a brain cell with your comment that reminded me of this:

taoJones's picture

Based on the abstract, it kinda sounds like the American Policy Institute from the cancelled TV series "Rubicon". 

I could be wrong, since i haven't had a chance to read the whole article yet

Cautionary Tale's picture
Cautionary Tale (not verified) Jun 4, 2015 9:15 PM

Did Caitlyn Jenner pick the color scheme of that organizational flow chart?

Money Boo Boo's picture

no Cait works for the part of the organizational chart listed as "other"

Cautionary Tale's picture
Cautionary Tale (not verified) Money Boo Boo Jun 4, 2015 9:35 PM

now THAT'S the only part that makes sense

heisenberg991's picture

Another jobs program...hooray

suteibu's picture

Seems to be a lot of money spent for 0 results.  They apparently didn't know about ISIS (JV team), the Boston bombing (5 years after the agency was on line), the events leading up to and in the aftermath of Benghazi (a youtube video?) or any other "terrorist" activity. 

So, just what are they really analyzing?

seek's picture

And they didn't know about it after multiple other countries provided warning. Shit, when Putin's people are calling you up and saying watch these guys (as in the case of the Boston bombers) and they've already been under investigation, you think... just maybe... they'd pay attention to it.

My guess is that bombing incident probably helped increase the NSAC budget, so at least some good came out of it. /sarc

Oldwood's picture

Government agencies can only grow through failure. Any agency that would actually achieve their publicly stated goals would find their budgets slashed. This is why education, crime, poverty, and war only get worse while budgets grow towards infinity.

MayIMommaDogFace2theBananaPatch's picture

Another jobs program...hooray

Shovel-ready, as they say.

Kina's picture

These secret govt agencies are like pop-ups on a Japanese porno site. Clck one shut and another dozen appear.

cheech_wizard's picture

Yet more Kabuki theater? Or definitive proof these idiots in all these fedgov alphabet agencies don't know their asses from a hole in the ground...

WTFUD's picture

Hey Cheech You've just given away the PLOT for my new novel ' The Alphabet Soup Murders '. Damn You!

TheReplacement's picture

How cute is that?  The orange critter thinks this much data being uploaded from .gov networks to a foreign country was an outside attack.

Ms No's picture

It's probably about time that everyone admits that the US is virtually unconcerned about Muslim terrorism, they actually seem to benefit off of it.  Their looking for thinking people whom they would consider potential political subversives... that's you. 

nmewn's picture

"The NSAC is an obscure element of the Justice Department that has grown from its creation >>>in 2008<<< into a sprawling 400-person, $150 million-a-year multi-agency organization employing almost 300 analysts "for the purpose of monitoring the electronic footprints of terrorists and their supporter, identifying their behaviors, and providing actionable intelligence."

Clearly Bushs fault.

No, seriously...O'Barry (no matter how much I detest him) was sworn in in 2009.

pitchforksanonymous's picture

Doesn't matter how many agencies they have. This whole country is going down the toilet very soon. Even they know it. Jade Helm.

Peace out.




If the NSAC was so smart they would have figured out that everyone on Internet already knows that the NSA/CIA/FBI downed the World Trade Centers 1 & 2, as well as Building 7 in a controled demolition orchestrated by the CFR PNAC dudes like Wolfowitz and Cheney. NSAC is a make work project.

SillySalesmanQuestion's picture

They may know our names, but can they keep the Chinese from hacking into their systems... not.

cherry picker's picture

I don't think it was the Chinese, too convenient and if it was, who can blame them, the US does it to everyone.

I think these guys in the sppok world has dirt on every politician in DC.

This hack was probably and inside (USA) job.

Let's see where the info ends up and what is done with it.

TheReplacement's picture

If it was an inside job you'll never know what was done with it until it is too late to matter.

colddirt's picture

I injured my NSAC on the ride home today.............

runswithscissors's picture

now we have 4-letter imperial gov't agencies...just add a "C" and its all legal then

WillyGroper's picture


More Muzzie boogyman.

I know numerous people who've gotten scam calls from prison.

What a crock.

q99x2's picture

Rumsfeld and Cheney are at the top of the list with Bandar pulling a close run for second.

22winmag's picture

When all else fails, you can always pay half of the poor people to kill the other half.

holdbuysell's picture

Just another indication that the system is running open loop.

lakecity55's picture

When you drop HUMINT for ELINT, this is what happens.

Good old-fashioned detective shoe leather could fix most of these problems.

onmail's picture

Just another agency owned by CappyCabalbanksters for what :


Soul harvesting Forever ... Burp