Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Russia Today breaks story: NSA Dataplex to be located in Utah

by Clifford F. Thies 

Why is the government proceeding with the construction of an utterly massive data storage facility on the site of what used to be a airport at Camp Williams, Utah? Russia Today piece, "Utah data center spying" 

Currently, there is no technology capable of accessing the trillions of lines of data gathered daily by the government in its monitoring of phone calls (so-called "meta-information"), the internet (to include social  media and the content of emails), and electronic financial transactions (to include details of purchase). Possibly to be added in the future would be medical records, educational records, gun records, and who knows what else. The government is currently merely warehousing this information (before it disappears forever). Or, is there more to it? 

Google and other search engines "troll" the internet. In the process, it maintains a moving snapshot of the entire world wide web, compiles indexes of websites making its searches more efficient, and also compiles profiles on internet users enabling it to target advertising more efficiently. For Google, the bottom line of advertising revenue motivates it to find a kind of balance between efficient searches (which attract users) and advertising clutter (which repels users). For the government, unbothered by any bottom line, a massive database offers endless possibilities for "data-mining." And, where currently the technology isn't available to continually monitor everybody for all possible reasons in real time, they're working on it. In the meanwhile, they have the ability to "drill down" for information on specific people or specific purposes, conducting any imaginable fishing expedition (which are prohibited by the 4th Amendment). 

The stated purpose, of course, is to make us safe from international terrorists. Not that they've being doing such a good job. Such as ignoring the information given us by the Russians on the Boston Marathon bombers, or failing to deport the 9-11 terrorists who overstayed their student visas. Instead of relying on good old fashioned police work, the masterminds of our government have a different idea: electronically-monitor everybody. 

Take a good look at the image. It is the Death Star of freedom. They call it Operation PRISM.


Gary said...

We finally welcome you to the Police State.

I put photos of the complex on my Blog six months ago.

Rational Nation USA said...

Preceeded by the Patriot Act PRISM completes the plan.

mitsukurina said...

Not so much a breaking story -- its been known for quite some time.

mitsukurina said...

It was announced in a local Utah paper -- at least as early as 2009.


Chuck said...

"It was announced in a local Utah paper -- at least as early as 2009. "

And then where else was it reported?

mitsukurina said...

Well, in 2010 it was reported in the computer trade press (http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/2010/09/27/dpr-team-awarded-nsa-utah-contract/ and http://blogs.technet.com/b/wchomak/archive/2010/04/28/gov-t-whittles-bidders-for-nsa-s-utah-data-center.aspx for instance) as well as the Utah press (http://www.standard.net/topics/business/2010/03/02/companies-vying-build-nsa-data-center-utah) and it was even highlighted on the conservative Fee Republic site (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2443656/posts).

I'd say it wasn't really much of secret.