As we all know by now of Edward Snowden, the whistle blower, a CIA employee who worked for Booz Allen Hamilton; a contractor for the National Security Agency who advised America of the collection of hundreds of millions of phone records, that the NSA had collected from the American people. He is a hero to some, a traitor to others; I will withhold judgment until the whole story has unfolded. One thing I do know, this young man did do us a favor by opening up our eyes to the ruthlessness of the Obama Administration, to spy on its own people. If Snowden broke any laws in doing this we will leave it up to the lawyers, but in the mean time you and I have to watch our backs from our own government. I am just wondering how far the government would have gone if Snowden did not blow the whistle.
In regard to the spy center that is being built my reference is from an article from the Associated Press. This center sits just south of Salt Lake City, Utah on a National Guard Base. The buildings are about 1.5 million square feet. They are filled with super powered computers designed to store massive amount of information gathered secretly from phone calls and emails. It looks like the government is really taking it serious of accumulating our phone records and emails.
When this center opens this fall it will be NSA’S largest data storage center in the U.S. There is a lot of secrecy with this project. James Blamford, the author of several books on the NSA, asserts that the facility will serve as the central depository for everything the NSA intercepts. Blamford theorizes the facility will be able to hold a so-called yottabyte of information, the largest measurement computer scientists have. A yottabyte is equal to 500 quintillion pages of text, said Bamford, who believes the Utah Center will store those phone records NSA gathered from Verizon Communications.
Just think how much this spy center will cost. We, the tax payers are paying for this spy center; we are paying for some huge spy center that will enable the government to spy on us, the American people. I would suggest you read that last sentence again so it will sink in.