Is THIS where all your private
information will be stored? NSA 'American Spy' facilityAmid the brouhaha over the National Security Administration
reported procurement of U.S. citizens' private emails and telephone
conversations, the purpose of a freshly constructed one million square-foot,
$1.9 billion facility in the Utah Valley is now under question. Called the Utah
Data Center, construction is expected to be finished by October. Some are
questioning: is THIS where all my private information will be stored.Many
fear the Utah NSA Data Center holds a sinister purpose ... officials aren't
saying.LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online):
U.S. intelligence agencies have been extracting audio, video, photos, e-mails,
documents and other information to track people's movements and contacts. It's
all ostensibly to curtail terrorist activity here.
Microsoft, Google, Yahoo, YouTube, Skype and AOL have all been involved with the
PRISM program, which the government insists is for national
Constructed on Camp Williams on the Salt Lake-Utah County line,
the exact purpose of the Utah Data Center has been vague. Officials have been
tight-lipped about what will be stored there.
Plans released by the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers, which is handling the construction, show the center
will have four "data halls" to store information and two substations to power
Expected to employ 100 to 200 permanent employees after its
completion, z prerequisite for employment is that all applicants must be U.S.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah have expressed
concern over what they fear will be stored at the center.
data, we're gathering data and it's all done secretly," ACLU of Utah director
Karen McCreary told reporters. "We don't even know what's going
"When the NSA facility in Utah was announced, local officials
praised it for the jobs it would bring," Libertas director Connor Boyack
"As Americans are now learning, those jobs entail harvesting the
data generated by innocent Americans not suspected of any crime, in
contradiction to the Fourth Amendment."
The Washington Post broke the
news that for the past six years, U.S. intelligence agencies have been
extracting personal information from across the country.
program was launched in 2007 with the blessing of special federal judges under
the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Several members of the U.S. Congress
were made aware of the classified data-gathering program, but were sworn to
secrecy, according to the Post.
PRISM has been described by NSA officials
"as the most prolific contributor to the president's Daily Brief" and the
"leading source of raw material," the Post reported.
In the meantime,
U.S. President Barack Obama says the PRISM program does not involve monitoring
the email content of U.S. citizens or anyone living in the U.S., and he
repeatedly stated that both programs - the phone spying and PRISM - have been
approved by Congress.
"You can complain about 'big brother' and how this
is a potential program run amuck," Obama said, "but when you actually look at
the details, then I think we've stuck the right