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NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center

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.




But “this is more than just a data center,” says one senior
intelligence official who until recently was involved with the program.
The mammoth Bluffdale center will have another important and far more
secret role that until now has gone unrevealed. It is also critical, he
says, for breaking codes. And code-breaking is crucial, because much of
the data that the center will handle—financial information, stock
transactions, business deals, foreign military and diplomatic secrets,
legal documents, confidential personal communications—will be heavily
encrypted. According to another top official also involved with the
program, the NSA made an enormous breakthrough several years ago in its
ability to cryptanalyze, or break, unfathomably complex encryption
systems employed by not only governments around the world but also many
average computer users in the US. The upshot, according to this
official: “Everybody’s a target; everybody with communication is a
target.”

Plenty more to read here; http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/all/1


Added: Apr-2-2012 Occurred On: Apr-2-2012
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