The National Security Agency is building a massive data collection warehouse in Utah.
The fact that they’re building a new data center isn’t news. The NSA has several other similar facilities. The size of this is what is creating the stir
Once finished, the NSA’s million square foot data center will be the size of 17 football fields, five times the size of the U.S. Capitol Building and 18 times bigger than the White House.
NSA has software that is able to search through the emails, phone calls and texts of U.S. citizens, in an article published in WIRED magazine.
The NSA’s chief General Keith Alexander vehemently denied the controversial claims when he was questioned during a Congressional hearing last week by Georgia Rep. Hank Johnson.
When responding to questions about the WIRED article, Alexander said: ‘NSA does not have the ability to do that in the United States. We’re not authorized to do that, nor do we have the equipment in the United States to collect that kind of information.’
NSA public information officer Vanee’ Vines added: ‘Many allegations have been made about the planned activities of the Utah Data Center
‘What it will be is a state-of-the-art facility designed to support the Intelligence Community’s efforts to further strengthen and protect the nation. NSA is the executive agent for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and will be the lead agency at the center.’
It’s a $2 billion Utah-based facility per media articles.
The CIA Director David Petraeus had previously painted a picture of America’s dystopian freefall when describing the emergence of “The internet of things.”
“Items of interest will be located, identified, monitored, and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters – all connected to the next-generation internet using abundant, low-cost, and high-power computing,” Petraeus said earlier this month.
In addition to facial recognition technology, New York City’s police department is just one of many law enforcement agencies that also require citizens to undergo an iris scan before being released from police custody.
In the past six months, iris scans have been used on hundreds of Occupy Wall Street (OWS) demonstrators placed under arrest, as many activists can attest.