Watch What You Say: The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center

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In the heart of Utah’s desert, the National Security Agency is well underway on a project that has been called the nation’s largest, most expensive cyber-security project. Naturally, almost all details about the building’s soon-to-be inner activities are highly classified and no one is talking — officials in Bluffdale where it is being built and the nearby Salt Lake City are kept in the dark. Still, Wired’s Threat Level has gotten some details on the building and provides analysis on some of its expected activity.

Wired describes that the building is ironically and “blandly” named the Utah Data Center. When completed in Sept. 2013 it will house four 25,000 square foot halls of servers, among other things. Wired states that the cost for the project is estimated at $2 billion.

Here‘s some of the data center’s purpose:

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.”

Wired reports that the data center will store trillions of “words and thoughts and whispers” swirling on the Web. It states that “[to] those on the inside, the old adage that NSA stands for Never Say Anything applies more than ever.” In addition to public website data storage, Wired reports that it will seek out and house information on the “deep web:”

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  • http://www.getmarriedfirst.com/ Mart

    There’s not much, I think, anybody can say…
    NSA sure will be needing more people to fill their employment positions.

  • Grandpaspeaks

    Mart, they will just enable the Civilian Inmate Labor program and use inmates to collect your personal data. This will save millions in wages. No difference between the inmates and the NSA in my opinion.

  • Mattwm

    Our government is out of control. We don’t need to waste billions for them to do this. Is it even constitutional? i’m sure they don’t care as they threw the constitution away a long time ago. But I still go by it and I’m thinking my tax dollars would be better spent if I sent it to my state instead of the Feds.