• NSA Summer Camps Look to Recruit Them When They’re Young

    July 24, 2015

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    Posted in: NSA, Post-Constitution America

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    Get to them while they’re young, and you’ll have them for life. Who said that? Was it Walt Disney? Willy Wonka? The director of the Hitler Youth?

    Maybe all of them, but it also applies to the NSA. Long a fan of generosity on undergrad campuses, handing out scholarships, grants and internships around the math and foreign language departments, the NSA is now reaching out to become the pedos of the national security state by sponsoring summer spying camps for kids.

    The New York Times tells us about a new National Security Agency cybersecurity program that reaches down into the ranks of American high school and middle school students to teach them the fine art of cracking encrypted passwords. “We basically tried a dictionary attack,” said one patriotic youth as he typed a new command into “John The Ripper,” a software tool that helps test and break passwords. “Now we’re trying a brute-force attack.”

    “Now, I don’t want anybody getting in trouble now that you know how to use this puppy,” one of the camp’s instructors, warned. Of course not. It’s all legal, right?

    Thanks to the NSA, 1,400 youths are attending 43 free overnight and day camps across the country as this summer the agency is making sure that middle- and high-school-age students are learning how to hack, crack and “defend” in cyberspace. The broader goal of GenCyber, as the summer camp programs are called, is to catch the attention of potential cybersecurity recruits and seed interest in an exploding field. No doubt generating a little positive mindspace among the impressionable couldn’t hurt, either, right?

    The NSA’s goal is to grow the program to 200 camps in all 50 states by 2020.

    And each camp is different, given the global reach of the NSA. At California State San Bernardino, the NSA camp open only to local Girl Scouts, and campers will build, program and fly drones. Campers at Norwich University in Vermont will put together their own computers. At Marymount University, visits to nearby NSA HQ break up classroom time. A camp run right on the NSA campus in Maryland will offer soccer, cooking, basketball, recycled art, painting, hockey, drama, board games and jewelry making in addition to hacking classes. At UC Berkeley, many of the students claim they don’t know who Edward Snowden, but they’ll learn about him soon enough — from the NSA — since current events are part of the curriculum.

    But it’s cool. “We’re not trying to make these camps something to make people pro-NSA or to try to make ourselves look good,” NSA’s director of the camps said. “I think we’ll look good naturally just because we’re doing something that I think will benefit a lot of students and eventually the country as a whole.”

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  • Recent Comments

    • Bruce said...


      Abjectly DEPREYEVED!

      07/24/15 9:10 AM | Comment Link

    • teri said...


      Huh. I’m confused. I thought we had a problem with hackers. As in, when we catch them at it, we prosecute them and put them in jail. (After first blaming it on Russia or Iran.)

      I foresee that half of the NSA’s Hitler Youth Summer Camp graduates will eventually work for the secret squirrel agencies and the other half will be in jail for using all the skills they learned over summer vacation for other purposes. The former will spy on and catch the latter.

      That’s equality in action, right there! Is this a great country, or what?

      07/24/15 9:51 AM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...


      And– maybe– one of them will be the next Edward Snowden.

      07/24/15 10:03 AM | Comment Link

    • teri said...


      “And– maybe– one of them will be the next Edward Snowden.”

      Not too bloody likely, Peter. The NSA now has all the ID, background information (parents, birth certificates, etc.), and probably the biometric data on these kids. Why doesn’t someone ask the parents what forms of ID they had to produce to enroll the kids in camp and how heavily the kids are monitored with cameras, etc. as they take “classes”? We might find out just how much of this gymboree is a data-harvesting tool. These kids will now be heavily tracked and monitored for the rest of their lives. Count on it. They are not going to make the same mistake with these young’uns and just release them into the wild after showing them all this techno wizardry. We are talking about the NSA, and they have learned a few things since Snowden got loose. Stupid parents just walked their babies into the maw of the fucking pit.

      As for Snowden, he has said he still works for the CIA, and has publicly backed some of the latest cyber bills that passed or are being debated in Congressional committees now. He thinks having the phone companies hold our data is a good idea, for God’s sake. And the release of the documents has completely dried up in the past 12 months, after only a minuscule number were published in the first place. Where ARE all those documents? Who exactly has the cache and why is it still being withheld? Is our “national conversation” over already? Sorry, I have become immensely skeptical of the whole Snowden phenomenon.

      07/24/15 10:51 AM | Comment Link

    • Helen Marshall said...


      This all comes under the rubric of “some days it seems ok – not great but ok – to be old.

      07/24/15 2:39 PM | Comment Link

    • jo6pac said...



      I agree;)

      07/24/15 5:19 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      Notwithstanding my own linking to this story of insidious use of taxpayers money to indoctrinate their own progeny against those who pay the bills..I finally found someone who puts the whole fucking ball of wax into perspective..

      quote”In 2006, journalist John Pilger spoke with
      Duane “Dewey” Clarridge, a CIA officerwho supervised agency operations in Latin America back inthe 1980s.
      Pilger queried Clarridge as to what gave the CIA the right to overthrow foreign governments, Clarridge
      “Like it or lump it, we’ll do what we like. So just get used to it, world.
      ‘There you have it. When they want something they take

      Indeed. There you have it. The truth.

      Futhermore, as I have on multiple occasions linked to the insights of Col. Fletcher Prouty, this author also quotes him…

      quote”The American Deep State, or what Colonel Fletcher Prouty called the Secret Team, is a structural layer of political intermediaries: non-governmental organizations (e.g. National Endowment for Democracy, Ford Foundation), lobbyists (e.g. Chamber of Commerce, AIPAC), media outlets (e.g. Time Warner, News Corp), dark money pits (e.g. Freedom Partners, NRA),
      and private sector contractors (e.g. Booz Allen, SAIC) that interface with official government organs(CIA, Department of Defense). This layer establishes a series of informal, often secret, backchannels and revolving doors through which profound sources of wealth and power outside of government can purchase influence on a level unprecedented in history. “unquote


      Deep State.

      Indeed. The Secret Team. I won’t link to Proutys insights again. I’ve already done it a half dozen times. If you want..search it out yourself. I’ve grown tired of trying to put this stuff out there. Learn it yourself

      07/24/15 7:29 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      Meanwhile, buy yourself a weapon. The time is approaching when if you don’t have one, you only have yourself to blame for no defense whatsoever.

      07/24/15 7:38 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...


      Makes one wonder what is the criteria for recruitment of participants. WOuld be interesting to know how it takes place. Sometimes with PA programs, its family members, parts of clains, and close allies who benefit. Not exactly competing for ‘hearts and minds’ but more like, keeping resources ‘in house’

      07/26/15 3:23 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...


      Erm – clans, not clains

      07/26/15 3:24 PM | Comment Link

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