Underreported: NSA's Storage Facility

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Wired correspondent James Bamford describes the $2 billion Utah Data Center that is being constructed for the National Security Agency. It’s expected to be up and running in 2013 and will house their database for all forms of communication—emails, cell phone calls, Internet searches, and even bookstore purchases.


James Bamford

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Whoever believes the "journalism" they read in Wired needs their head rewired. It's basically an advertising sheet to push tech product and cheer on, and now it's again doing a favor, by carrying "exposés" like this, ha ha ha. Oooooh scary. And very very public, all they needed to do was build a crop circle by it and put a big red arrow on Google Maps. Should be a good trap for a few more naive teenage hackers that the Agency can then enlist with the threat of jail time. History proves it's a very effective method for the recruitment of idle brainiacs. And the most important thing is it keeps them away from Wall Street. Lopate's next package from the NSA should be a dozen red roses I'd say.

Mar. 29 2012 02:35 PM
brooks from NYC

1) Are all international calls legally recorded by the NSA? I understand that they are, but cannot be used w/o a warrant.

2) When can we expect the first top secret files of the post 9/11 era to be declassified? I think its 40 years, but I'm not sure.

Mar. 29 2012 01:55 PM
Larry in Nyack from Nyack

In the TV series "The Wire" we saw that the advent of "throw-away" cell-phones made surveilance much more difficult. What is the effect of such new technologies, including SKYPE, on detecting terrorism activities at the NSA?

Mar. 29 2012 01:48 PM

BO has prosecuted more whistleblowers than ALL previous administrations COMBINED!

Mar. 29 2012 01:47 PM
John A.

A Yottabyte is Not the next step after Terabyte.
It is a tera* of terabytes, almost unimaginable.
Take a million common Terabyte drives, put them in a big box
and then get a Million of Those big boxes.

Mar. 29 2012 01:47 PM
Mike from Inwood

Kilobye = 2 raised to the 10th power
Megabyte = 2 raised to the 20th power
Gigabyte = 2 raised to the 30th power
Terabyte = 2 raised to the 40th power


Yottabyte = 2 raised to the 80th power

Mar. 29 2012 01:43 PM
Hugh Sansom

Human beings like ourselves should make a point of getting a PGP encryption tool so we can encrypt our email and make life just that little bit more difficult for the NSA spies.

And . . . yodabyte? Yoda? How strangely apt.

Mar. 29 2012 01:39 PM
Hugh Sansom

Pretty funny hearing the NSA disparage unnamed sources when Obama and his CIA and NSA are _imprisoning_ people and even _assassinating_ them abroad on the basis of secret evidence.

Mar. 29 2012 01:36 PM

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