The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track foreign targets, according to a top-secret document obtained by The Washington Post. It appears that the NSA is able to collect data directly from the servers of these U.S. Service Providers: Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, Apple through a program code-named PRISM. PRISM was launched from the ashes of President George W. Bush’s secret program of warrantless domestic surveillance in 2007. This means that the government is collecting an astonishing amount of data, but where and how is the government doing that? That would be at a secret Data Center that is being built for the National Security Agency in Bluffdale, Utah. The heavily fortified data center is expected to cost around $2 billion and construction should be complete in September 2013. Everything that you do would basically flow through this building where a network of super computers would intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications. It is rumored that the super computers inside this building would also be used to break heavily encrypted data and data written in secret code. I guess we need to start reviewing processors by how many trillions of words a second that they can decipher. I also wonder if they use Seagate, Western Digital, Toshiba, or HGST hard drives for mass data storage.
An aerial view of the NSA’s Utah Data Center in Bluffdale, Utah, Thursday, June 6, 2013. The government is secretly collecting the telephone records of millions of U.S. customers of Verizon under a top-secret court order, according to the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The Obama administration is defending the National Security Agency’s need to collect such records, but critics are calling it a huge over-reach.