As posted in an October 28 article on thenewamerican.com, the National Security Agency (NSA) is building new, multibillion dollar storage facilities in Salt Lake City (Utah) and San Antonio (Texas) to permanently store every American’s telephone calling habits and Internet traffic (which they have been doing – unconstitutionally – since September 11, 2001) because it has outgrown its current headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland.
According to its website, the core missions of the NSA/CSS (Central Security Service) are “to protect U.S. national security systems and to produce foreign signals intelligence information. “
Also, from their website: “The National Security Agency/Central Security Service is home to America’s codemakers and codebreakers. The NSA has provided timely information to U.S. decision makers and military leaders for more than half a century. The CSS was established in 1972 to promote a full partnership between NSA and the cryptologic elements of the armed forces…NSA/CSS exists to protect the Nation. Our customers know they can count on us to provide what they need, when they need it, wherever they need it.”
These new storage facilities will be able to hold “yottabytes” of information. To provide some perspective, most computers sold at retail today measure their storage in gigabytes (i.e. billions of bits of data); a few newer systems may store a terrabyte (one trillion bits of information). Yottabytes is the highest number that has yet been named in computer information, and that number is septillions of billions of bits of data, or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bits of data.
Economically challenged communities are welcoming the multibillion dollar construction work to create the facilities, seemingly unbothered by the idea of the ever-expanding “Big Brother Database.”
“The data center is estimated to be 1 million square feet, sitting on 200-acres, and it couldn’t come at better time for Utah’s economy,” KSL (Salt-Lake City NBC-affiliate) reported, and will cost taxpayers nearly $2 billion. Even Congressman Jason Chaffetz is excited. From Washington he told KSL News: ‘It’s a benefit to our economy and our national security.’”
Rather than building anew in Texas, the San Antonio facility will undergo a significant expansion. According to one report, the expanded facility will be 470,000 square feet; nearly the size of the Alamodome.