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The NSA's $2 Billion New Utah Snooping Warehouse
Four 25k Square Foot Halls, $40 Million Annual Power Bill
by Karl Bode 04:32PM Monday Mar 19 2012
When you've got companies like AT&T dumping all voice and data traffic unfiltered into the NSA's lap (pdf) for perusal without pesky warrants or regard for law, there's an awful lot of data that needs dissecting. Wired News has an interesting read on the massive new spy center being built by the NSA in Utah to help the agency dig through all those bits and bytes, and it's simply a staggering operation. Five times larger than the US Capitol, the $2 billion NSA Utah Data Center should be operational by September 13, and is simply mammoth in terms of size, scope, and $40 million annual utility bill:
four 25,000-square-foot halls filled with servers, complete with raised floor space for cables and storage. In addition, there will be more than 900,000 square feet for technical support and administration. The entire site will be self-sustaining, with fuel tanks large enough to power the backup generators for three days in an emergency, water storage with the capability of pumping 1.7 million gallons of liquid per day, as well as a sewage system and massive air-conditioning system to keep all those servers cool. Electricity will come from the center’s own substation built by Rocky Mountain Power to satisfy the 65-megawatt power demand.
The entire article is worth a read, and toward the tail end goes into great detail on how protecting Constitutional rights was absolutely nowhere on the radar when it came to the NSA's domestic spy efforts.

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Re: Wasting more $$$

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said by mikedz4:

where was this "nsa" before 9-11? This is all post 9-11 stuff. It's all infringing on our freedoms and rights.

We have no freedoms or rights in this country since the new dictator took over.

You have NO understanding of history to say that, NO understanding. Whether you like him or not to call the president a dictator shows ignorance and lack of education.