Scary information is seeping out of Utah where thousands of construction workers have secretly started work on a massive, $2 billion spy centre which will be used by the National Security Agency to intercept and store telephone calls, private emails, text messages and internet searches from all over the world.
When finished the center, in the remote valley of Bluffdale, will be five times the size of the U.S Capitol building and will house "the most covert and potentially most intrusive intelligence agency ever," according to a report in Wired magazine. Today Bluffdale is home to one of the nation’s largest sects of polygamists, the Apostolic United Brethren, with upwards of 9,000 members and the spy centre will be less than a mile from their headquarters.
According to the report, the center will be able to process yottabytes (a million billions of gigabytes) of data and it will use 65 megawatts of electricity a year, with an annual bill of $40 million.
The spy center intercepts commutation signals as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks.
Using what will likely be the world’s fastest super computer, the NSA can gather data through ‘dumb’ home appliances such as refrigerators, ovens and lighting systems which are connected to the Internet.
The facility is to provide technical assistance to the Department of Homeland Security, collect intelligence on cyber threats and carry out cyber-security objectives, reports Reuters.
Wired magazine quotes sources as saying that the center will use a network of satellites to break any encryption, monitor every email, and eavesdrop on any phone call—even land-line calls. “We are that far from a turnkey totalitarian state,” said one source.