Saturday, May 5, 2012

NSA Spy Center slated for completion Sept 2013

Welcome to the Totalitarian States of America.  "Under construction by contractors with top-secret clearances, the blandly named Utah Data Center is being built for the National Security Agency. A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks. The heavily fortified $2 billion center should be up and running in September 2013. Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital “pocket litter.” It is, in some measure, the realization of the “total information awareness” program created during the first term of the Bush administration—an effort that was killed by Congress in 2003 after it caused an outcry over its potential for invading Americans’ privacy." Hat Tip brasschecktv via wired.

16 comments:

LL said...

Congress approved the 'secret budget'. But then again, Congress hasn't had a budget in years...

Personally, this doesn't bother me because essentially it's a vast data vacuum that pulls in everything that you could find separately. Since it also downloads the Internet (the InterNic - Herdon VA has been doing that for years) so this comment will be in the data banks forever. And for the record - I LOVE BIG BROTHER. Big brother has coitis with me regularly, taking a piece of everything I earn so the love runs deep.

Opus #6 said...

Isn't there a term for what the NSA does? Coitus without our knowledge or consent?

WoFat said...

Utah? Why Utah?

Doom said...

Why Utah? Because I moved here and I'm a the super sekret director of the project! Or not. Probably because Utah is a little populated high-tech state out in the middle of nowhere, and with lots of land, for this type of construction anyway.

Here is the thing though, between Google and a half dozen or more private concerns, more so with their political stances, I am not sure if public or private is worse. The combination of the two is, I suppose. If it all turns hard to south in a lickety-split though? Those private concerns will learn faster than any of us "why not". Sauron does not share power.

LL said...

They picked Utah for several reasons. One reason you may not have considered is that MANY of the linguists that NSA uses are Mormons. They send men and women on missions to other lands and they tend to live the sort of lifestyle that is conducive to a top secret SCI style clearance that's required for that sort of work.

NSA = No Such Agency. (ask WoFat)... Ft. Meade, MD doesn't exist and if it ever had existed it was in an alternate universe.

The entire government entertains coitus without content as recreational activity. NSA doesn't have a corner on the market.

Kid said...

Google already has this I believe.

Opus #6 said...

Kid, this gives me an idea. Every time I post a dumb article, I will attribute it to trying to gunk up the NSA's machine. More gunk in, more garbage to wade through.

Have fun reading my stuff!

Kid said...

Opus, funny. I often put key words into my emails. Like talking about obama and assassination, then I explain in detail how I hope no one takes him out because I sure don't want an obama day every year, where those raping us - the public unions get yet another day off paid and the stock market is closed, not to mention every town in America having half their streets renamed obama blvd. Hell, that might happen anyway as it is.

Opus #6 said...

Kid, now you've done it! The NSA was already prowling around here and you just let in the Secret Service. Bad!

Here is a link to Odie's prostitutes, so the Secret Service guys have something to do while they look around.

http://woodstermangotwood.blogspot.com/2012/05/two-prostitutes-or-rule-5-woodsterman.html

Silverfiddle said...

NSA's been doing this for decades. This is just an upgrade.

They are supposed to not be engaged in domestic spying on Americans, and intelligence oversight committees in congress are supposed to keep them honest.

The other commenters are on to something: Google knows way more about you that Uncle Sam does...

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Opie, I heard that. Come on spy guys and enjoy the wonder that is Woodsterman.

Kid said...

I should be punished... :)

Opus #6 said...

Silver, see next story. Google maps was mentioned in an FBI flyer.

Opus #6 said...

Kid, gimme your wife's email and I'll let her know.

Kid said...

LOL!

Opus #6 said...

Odie, you're one of the 7 wonders of the blogosphere.