NSA: Domestic Surveillance?

The NSA (National Security Agency) is holding a a ribbon cutting ceremony in the Utah desert today to celebrate, what could be, the government’s largest invasion of our privacy rights.

Twenty-five miles due south of Salt Lake City, a massive construction project is nearing completion.  The heavily secured site belongs to the National Security Agency.  Locals call the place “the spy center.”

The NSA says the Utah Data Center is a facility for the intelligence community that will have a major focus on cyber security. The agency will neither confirm nor deny specifics. Some published reports suggest it could hold 5 zettabytes of data. (Just one zettabyte is the equivalent of about 62 billion stacked iPhones 5’s– that stretches past the moon!

Can you imagine the memory space they have and what they can do with it? 

Asked if the Utah Data Center would hold the data of American citizens by media in a press conference,  NSA General Keith Alexander said, “No…we don’t hold data on U.S. citizens,” adding that the NSA staff “take protecting your civil liberties and privacy as the most important thing that they do, and securing this nation.”

But critics, including former NSA employees, say the data center is front and center in the debate over liberty, security and privacy.

There are plenty of sources, including past and present NSA employees, that claim domestic surveillance is one of the, if not THE, main purposes of the data center.

Folks, this may be nothing, but it could also be something major.   “It’s in secret so you don’t really know,” NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake explained. “It’s benign, right. If I haven’t — and if I haven’t done anything wrong it doesn’t matter. The only way you can have perfect security is have a perfect surveillance state. That’s George Orwell. That’s 1984. That’s what that would look like.”

Other NSA whistleblowers have the same or similar concerns.  Bill Binney, who worked at the NSA for nearly four decades, says, “It’s really a– turnkey situation, where it could be turned quickly and become a totalitarian state pretty quickly,” he said. “The capacities to do that is being set up. Now it’s a question of if we get the wrong person in office, or if certain people set up their network internally in government, they could make that happen quickly.”

So, with all that said, where do we stand?  Recent political scandals involving secrets and lies within the White House have left us unable to discern the truth.  One thing is certain, the NSA works both on domestic and foreign cases.  This new spy center is kind of a scary thing.  If it’s true that the NSA will be collecting data on all of us, then we have definitely lost more freedoms; more liberties down the tube.  The Bill of Rights will be dead; it’s already close to it.

From the lighter side, go check out this parody site of the NSA.


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