The National Security Agency, a name familiar to both computer professionals and Hollywood spy/Sci-Fi movie lovers alike, follows its official motto,
“Collect (including through clandestine means), process, analyze, produce, and disseminate signals intelligence information and data for foreign intelligence and counterintelligence purposes to support national and departmental missions”
to its core and beyond. It is the biggest intelligence agency in the United States to enjoy an Executive Order by the President of the United States, allowing the NSA to use clandestine approaches to serve its purpose. With so much legal precedence, manpower of 30,000 – 40,000 highly skilled computer architects, mathematicians, and cryptologists, and a whooping budget of over $10 billion dollars, the NSA is capable of pulling off surveillance projects of global implications.