AT&T building in Tribeca is an NSA spy hub: report

The 29-story property at 33 Thomas St. is said to have the code name TITANPOINTE

New York /
Nov.November 17, 2016 11:45 AM

The 29-story brutalist Tribeca skyscraper at 33 Thomas Street invites passersby to guess what’s behind its windowless concrete walls.

Designed by architect Carl Warnecke and completed in 1974, the “Long Lines Building” operates as one of AT&T’s largest telecommunication hubs in the U.S. It has three subterranean floors and is capable of withstanding an atomic blast.

But a recent report from the Intercept suggests that the mystery surrounding the building is warranted: that it is, in fact, a stealth NSA surveillance site.

According to an analysis of the documents released by Edward Snowden in 2013, 33 Thomas Street is likely an NSA site code named TITANPOINTE. If that’s the case, the AT&T building is a core location used for a controversial NSA surveillance program (code name: BLARNEY) that has targeted the communications of among others, the United Nations, the World Bank, and at least 38 countries, including U.S. allies like Japan, Germany and Mexico.

According to the documents, inside the TITANPOINTE site, NSA equipment is stored in a secure room and is linked to routers of its “access partner,” or AT&T. The data was collected form “foreign gateway switches,” processed on site and then forwarded to NSA’s headquarters in Maryland.

The building is home to AT&T’s massive telecommunication hub, which process hundreds of million of domestic and international calls, making it an ideal location for the NSA to tap into foreign communications.

Another clue that TITANPOINTE is 33 Thomas Street is that documents show that TITANPOINTE was involved in another NSA program which sweeps up internet data by intercepting satellite communications. The Thomas Street building, which has several satellite dishes on its roof, is the only AT&T location with an FCC license for satellite earth stations.

A final detail: Carl Warnecke’s plans for the the cold-war era building intended to prepare it to become a “self-contained city” in the event of a cataclysmic attack. So there’s that. [Intercept]Chava Gourarie 


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Matt Lauer exposes Hamptons estate to the market
Matt Lauer exposes Hamptons estate to the market
Matt Lauer exposes Hamptons estate to the market
 Fredrik Eklund and the property (Getty, Steve Frankel)
Fredrik Eklund lists Bel Air mansion for rent as family moves to “forever home”
Fredrik Eklund lists Bel Air mansion for rent as family moves to “forever home”
Gordon Ramsey and his Lucky Cat restaurant (Lucky Cat)
Gordon Ramsay to open first South Florida restaurant in Miami Beach
Gordon Ramsay to open first South Florida restaurant in Miami Beach
(Getty)
Strong November hiring reported in real estate industries
Strong November hiring reported in real estate industries
Rotem Rosen with rendering of 126 E 57th Street (Getty, ODA Architecture)
Rotem Rosen lands $170M construction loan for Billionaires’ Row condo
Rotem Rosen lands $170M construction loan for Billionaires’ Row condo
Triangle Equities' Lester Petracca with 533 Main Street (Triangle Equities, Getty)
Record East Orange project lands $317M financing
Record East Orange project lands $317M financing
Mike DelPrete and TRD's Hiten Samtani
Watch: Where does Opendoor go from here? Breaking down iBuying with Mike DelPrete
Watch: Where does Opendoor go from here? Breaking down iBuying with Mike DelPrete
(Illustration by The Real Deal with Getty)
Contracts for Hamptons, North Fork homes fall 50%
Contracts for Hamptons, North Fork homes fall 50%
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...