The NSA is launching a program called “Perfect Citizen”, which may or may not involve spying on domestic networks:
The surveillance by the National Security Agency, the government’s chief eavesdropping agency, would rely on a set of sensors deployed in computer networks for critical infrastructure that would be triggered by unusual activity suggesting an impending cyber attack, though it wouldn’t persistently monitor the whole system, these people said.
It doesn’t matter as long as we’re safe from cyber-terrorists, of course. This is about right:
Wired has asked the NSA some pointed questions about whether Congress has been briefed on the program. My guess is that they haven’t, at least not in any meaningful way. Congress hasn’t insisted on exercising any oversight of any part of CNCI under either Bush or Obama. They probably don’t know anything about this, and they don’t want to.
If the term “Homeland Security” wasn’t enough to creep you out about the direction this country is going, “Perfect Citizen” should do the trick.