NSA building massive $2 billion heavily fortified spy complex
By End the Lie
Deep in the heart of Mormon country in Bluffdale, Utah – home of America’s largest polygamist sect known as the Apostolic United Brethren – the National Security Agency (NSA) is constructing a surveillance center the likes of which the world has never seen.
This facility, which is projected to be operational around September 2013, is in fact so large that it actually required Bluffdale to expand the town boundaries and once finished will be over five times the size of the U.S. Capitol, according to Wired.
Dubbed the Utah Data Center, the complex is being built by contractors who all possess top secret clearance, evidence of the highly secretive nature of the project.
The sheer amount of information the NSA will be collecting at this facility is nothing short of shocking.
They will be intercepting, deciphering and analyzing data from satellites and networks both foreign and domestic – signaling the realization of the goal of the so-called total information awareness program hatched during George W. Bush’s first term.
While this program was allegedly shut down by Congress in 2003 due to its clear potential for violating the privacy of countless Americans, it has been replaced by other programs operating under different names.
Some of these involve the private sector through corporations like Google (which is soon to count the current head of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) among their ranks) and DARPA-funded Facebook, while others simply operate without a formal project name, as is the case with the activities which will go on at the Utah Data Center.
At this facility the NSA will be spying on every single form of communication, ranging from the entirety of private emails, cell phone calls, Google searches and other internet activity, to data on travel, parking receipts, purchases at bookstores, and anything and everything they can get their hands on.
This was the explicit goal of the total information awareness program but now through social media monitoring and the help of companies like Google who specialize in data collection, no such goal must ever be explicitly outlined to the public which is by and large ignorant of these activities.
One unnamed senior intelligence official who was previously involved with the program said that the Utah Data Center “is more than just a data center.”
Indeed, the facility is going to play a major role in the United States’ code breaking capabilities, according to the anonymous official.
A great deal of the data which will be gathered, analyzed and stored by the facility will likely be encrypted. Such information could be financial data, stock transactions, secretive business deals, secret documents belonging to foreign states or diplomats, legal documents, and of course, confidential personal communications which might be encrypted.
This can expand to literally any data that a user chooses to protect with encryption, and this means that all forms of communication – no matter how secure they may seem – can be intercepted and monitored.
Another anonymous official who is allegedly involved with the program said that several years ago the NSA made a major leap forward in their ability to break highly complex encryption systems.
This means that they can supposedly now cryptanalyze data encrypted by even the most capable entities like foreign governments, militaries and technologically savvy individuals.
“Everybody’s a target; everybody with communication is a target,” the official said, painting a picture of an increasingly delusional and paranoid government which is quickly turning upon its own citizens.
With the war on our most essential civil liberties like the right to free speech and the right to due process in full swing, this represents just another front in the government’s battle against the people of the United States (which could possibly become a literal battle as well in the future).
This is quickly expanding into the monitoring of all internet activities, the massive expansion of the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), better known as drones, in the United States and many other methods of authoritarian control and surveillance.
The NSA, which was established in the wake of the Pearl Harbor attacks as a child agency of the Department of Defense in hopes of preventing another such strike, has been the recipient of tens of billions of dollars in funding after the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
Since that time, the NSA has rapidly expanded in size and power, becoming what Wired aptly characterizes as “the largest, most covert, and potentially most intrusive intelligence agency ever created.”
The most troubling aspect of this is that this monstrous surveillance apparatus is directed mostly at the American people. With so-called “listening posts” around the nation constantly collecting and analyzing countless personal communications originating both within the United States and from overseas, there is very little that the NSA is not tracking or listening to.
The new incredibly secret Utah Data Center will likely expand this capability considerably as well as the NSA’s capability to crack encrypted communications of Americans and foreign individuals alike.
For those who do not realize we are living under a regime obsessed with spying on its own people and employing as much Big Brother technology as possible while keeping people in line with police state measures, hopefully this will serve as a bit of a wake up call.
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by End the Lie
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