Snowden unveils NSA Satellite SAURON Program targeting Citizens

Edward Snowden unveiled SAURON, a network of satellites capable of spying on the entire planet's surface and indefinitely retaining the images.

Edward Snowden unveiled SAURON, a network of satellites capable of spying on the entire planet’s surface and indefinitely retaining the images.

MOSCOW, Russia – Edward Snowden, the whistleblower who recently unveiled the NSA’s ubiquitous PRISM wiretapping program, unveiled yet another insidious, citizen-targeting surveillance system Friday afternoon, in a chat with Internet Chronicle reporters.

SAURON, or the Semi-Autonomous Ultra-high-Resolution Orbital Network, is comprised of a series of hundreds of low-orbiting cameras that can make out objects on the ground as small as 1 centimeter in size.

There are so many satellites in this network that they are able to effectively monitor the entire planet’s populated surface without interruption. According to slides Snowden shared, taken from the NSA presentation on SAURON, each spy satellite feeds directly into a data bank so large that it is able to retain the captured imagery indefinitely.

SAURON is also a reference to a villain in J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, an evil god of discord who appears in the material world as an ever-searching eye.

Snowden, looking as if he hadn’t slept in weeks, spoke with Internet Chronicle reporters in the transit corridor of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport. In a near whisper Snowden said, “It is shocking that the U.S. government would appropriate such evil imagery for a so-called security system like this. There is little doubt that this program – I won’t utter the name here – is not concerned with the security of citizens, but rather, it is a bald grab at power for power’s sake.”

111 comments to Snowden unveils NSA Satellite SAURON Program targeting Citizens

  • Todd Zabel

    The United States’ seriously out of control surveillance operations puts the national security of every other country at risk. Don’t you think a country like Russia or China would take exception to it and take action to permanently shut it down? There’s your trigger for WW3 and its our country’s fault.

  • For the clueless, this is satire. SATIRE, people. Look up the definition if you are not sure what `satire` means.

  • He’s a hero!!!

  • C4LCNCPLS

    This has been known by many for years.
    Do you not recall the video’s from Iraq where satellites were used to hone in on enemies and targets. Do you really think those high flying U.S. Air Force surveillance aircraft are doing this all alone?

  • Its a joke right? Surely?
    Hundreds of low flying cameras?