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The Hills Have Eyes

The world’s largest spy center is 12 months away from being completed out in the Utah desert.   According to Wired Magazine (3/5/2012), this National Security Agency spy center will be “five times larger than the US Capitol”.

The scary thing is this datacenter will likely house more information than Google and Yahoo combined.  This new complex of hardcore spyware is not just collecting data on our “enemies” overseas. This super complex is going to be digging through every email and phone call from Petaluma to Paducah.

 “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.”  (Wired Magazine, 3/15/12)

What they, the NSA, decide to do with this information is open for debate.  Kind of depends on your view of what the government really is up to.

In 2006, USA Today reported that the NSA had tapped into all the major telecommunication companies in the country, with the exception of Qwest Communications, so the NSA’s massive expansion of resources and scope shouldn’t really be new to those who have been following this issue.

“The National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth, people with direct knowledge of the arrangement told USA TODAY.”    (USAToday 5/11/06)

Sounds like something for the “freedom loving” conservatives and the ACLU “defenders of liberty” to get together and talk about?  Then again, maybe the Utah mountains would be recording it anyway.

 

“Any people that would give up liberty for a little temporary safety deserves neither liberty nor safety.” Benjamin Franklin

 

 

 

For more information on the new spy center see http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/all/1