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Eavesdropping houses shouldn't throw stones

By Lee Hannon (chinadaily.com.cn) Updated: 2013-02-21 17:24

Apple has become the latest US company to take a bite of the pathetic hacking noir wafting across the pacific.

The latest loyal Labradors of the US government to drop the proverbial hacking bone for its master should, along with a few media organizations, take a sniff a little closer to home.

Fort Meade in Maryland, if incorporated, would become the biggest municipality in the state and is as secretive today as the day Harry Truman created it without the approval or knowledge of Congress.

To those who work at NSA the acronym stands for No Such Agency or Never Say Anything.. The official figure staff of the National Security Agency in the US remains classified but it is believed upwards of 30,000 across 132 hectares with 32 miles of private road.

It is encircled with razor wire, electric fences, motion detectors and sub-machine commandos known as Men In Black who pounce who anyone who dares go near.

Every day it intercepts and stores billions of e-mails, phone calls and other types of communications, many from its own citizens in one of the world's most advanced and sophisticated hacking systems.

It makes the small building in Shanghai at the center of the supposed latest media-inspired "cyber war" drama like comparing a pebble to a mountain.

But it also serves as a worthwhile reminder for those who have lost sight while throwing stones for those with ulterior motives.

Known as Crypto City, the NSA is home to the largest and most advanced eavesdropping organization on the planet.

In fact the NSA's own study concluded their interceptors motto is "In God we trust, all others we monitor."

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