The National Security Agency is building a gigantic spy center in tiny and obscure Bluffdale, Utah. It will be huge: a one-million-square-foot data collection center. This is five times the size of the U.S. Capitol building.
The NSA tried to keep this secret, but James Bamford blew its cover (again), in Wired last month. He wrote that the center is part of President Bush’s “total information awareness” program. Yet that program was officially killed by Congress in 2003 in response to public protests.
This is not just a data cenrer. It’s a code breaking system bigger than anything in history.
Whose codes will it be breaking? Why? What is the threat?
The story caused such a stir that the NSA’s chief General Keith Alexander was called before Congress last week to testify about the project and categorically denied the facility will be used to spy on American citizens.
“The NSA does not have the ability to do that in the United States,” Alexander told Georgia Rep. Hank Johnson. ”We’re not authorized to do that, nor do we have the equipment in the United States to collect that kind of information.”
NSA public information officer Vanee’ Vines backed up Alexander in an email saying: “What it will be is a state-of-the-art facility designed to support the Intelligence Community’s efforts to further strengthen and protect the nation.”
Protect the nation from what?
It is clear that Americans are the targets.
Former NSA analyst Adrienne J. Kinne told Bamford the NSA has had the ability to listen in on American phone calls in real time since 9/11 when, she said, “basically all the rules were thrown out the window.”
It gets worse. Read the full report by clicking the link.