Very long read but very informative. After reading this article conspiracy seems more like the truth, as I don't find Wired spouting too much tinfoil conspiracy,
" Inside, the facility will consist of four 25,000-square-foot halls filled with servers, complete with raised floor space for cables and storage."
" As a result of this expanding array of theater airborne and other sensor networks, as a 2007 Department of Defense report puts it, the Pentagon is attempting to expand its worldwide communications network, known as the Global Information Grid, to handle yottabytes (10^ 24 bytes) of data (A yottabyte is a septillion bytes so large that no one has yet coined a term for the next higher magnitude.)"
"Before yottabytes of data from the deep web and elsewhere can begin piling up inside the servers of the NSAs new center, they must be collected. To better accomplish that, the agency has undergone the largest building boom in its history, including installing secret electronic monitoring rooms in major US telecom facilities. Controlled by the NSA, these highly secured spaces are where the agency taps into the US communications networks, a practice that came to light during the Bush years but was never acknowledged by the agency."
" There is still one technology preventing untrammeled government access to private digital data: strong encryption. ... So the agency had one major ingredienta massive data storage facilityunder way. Meanwhile, across the country in Tennessee, the government was working in utmost secrecy on the other vital element: the most powerful computer the world has ever known.
The plan was launched in 2004 as a modern-day Manhattan Project. Dubbed the High Productivity Computing Systems program, its goal was to advance computer speed a thousandfold, creating a machine that could execute a quadrillion (10 15 ) operations a second, known as a petaflopthe computer equivalent of breaking the land speed record. And as with the Manhattan Project, the venue chosen for the supercomputing program was the town of Oak Ridge in eastern Tennessee"
Is it 1984 yet?