Stellar Wind is not the only project that I will be discussing today. There are lots of different agencies that are currently doing surveillance all
over the world. This we know as fact. What I would like to bring about is who they are, where they are, how powerful they are, and how each and
everyone of us will be affected (even those that think that the "underground" internet will not be affected.)
One of the largest and I think the smartest ways that those that choose to provide, and administer this type of intrusion, give the "regular" man and
women the notion that we are fully aware of the technology that is out there, this my friends is far from true.
There will be numbers, and names of programs, and storage information that will boggle the mind. NO this is not coming in in the future.... this is
Welcome to Countries Biggest Spy Centers. The Utah data center.
Just off Beef Hollow Road, less than a mile from brethren headquarters, thousands of hard-hatted construction workers in sweat-soaked T-shirts
are laying the groundwork for the newcomers’ own temple and archive, a massive complex so large that it necessitated expanding the town’s
boundaries. Once built, it will be more than five times the size of the US Capitol.
Rather than Bibles, prophets, and worshippers, this temple will be filled with servers, computer intelligence experts, and armed guards. And instead
of listening for words flowing down from heaven, these newcomers will be secretly capturing, storing, and analyzing vast quantities of words and
images hurtling through the world’s telecommunications networks. In the little town of Bluffdale, Big Love and Big Brother have become uneasy
Under construction by contractors with top-secret clearances, the blandly named Utah Data Center is being built for the National Security Agency. A
project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze,
and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of
international, foreign, and domestic networks. The heavily fortified $2 billion center should be up and running in September 2013. Flowing through its
servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails,
cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and
other digital “pocket litter.” It is, in some measure, the realization of the “total information awareness” program created during the first
term of the Bush administration—an effort that was killed by Congress in 2003 after it caused an outcry over its potential for invading Americans’
But “this is more than just a data center,” says one senior intelligence official who until recently was involved with the program. The mammoth
Bluffdale center will have another important and far more secret role that until now has gone unrevealed. It is also critical, he says, for breaking
codes. And code-breaking is crucial, because much of the data that the center will handle—financial information, stock transactions, business deals,
foreign military and diplomatic secrets, legal documents, confidential personal communications—will be heavily encrypted. According to another top
official also involved with the program, the NSA made an enormous breakthrough several years ago in its ability to cryptanalyze, or break,
unfathomably complex encryption systems employed by not only governments around the world but also many average computer users in the US. The upshot,
according to this official: “Everybody’s a target; everybody with communication is a target.”
Electricity will come from the center’s own substation built by Rocky Mountain Power to satisfy the 65-megawatt power demand. Such a mammoth
amount of energy comes with a mammoth price tag - about $40 million a year, according to one estimate.
Given the facility’s scale and the fact that a terabyte of data can now be stored on a flash drive the size of a man’s pinky, the potential amount
of information that could be housed in Bluffdale is truly staggering. But so is the exponential growth in the amount of intelligence data being
produced every day by the eavesdropping sensors of the NSA and other intelligence agencies.
As a result of this “expanding array of theater airborne and other sensor networks,” as a 2007 Department of Defense report puts it, the Pentagon
is attempting to expand its worldwide communications network, known as the Global Information Grid, to handle yottabytes (1024 bytes) of data. (A
yottabyte is a septillion bytes - so large that no one has yet coined a term for the next higher magnitude.)
It needs that capacity because, according to a recent report by Cisco, global Internet traffic will quadruple from 2010 to 2015, reaching 966 exabytes
per year. (A million exabytes equal a yottabyte.)
In terms of scale, Eric Schmidt, Google’s former CEO, once estimated that the total of all human knowledge created from the dawn of man to 2003
totaled 5 exabytes.
And the data flow shows no sign of slowing.
In 2011 more than 2 billion of the world’s 6.9 billion people were connected to the Internet. By 2015, market research firm IDC estimates, there
will be 2.7 billion users. Thus, the NSA’s need for a 1-million-square-foot data storehouse. Should the agency ever fill the Utah center with a
yottabyte of information, it would be equal to about 500 quintillion (500,000,000,000,000,000,000) pages of text.
The data stored in Bluffdale will naturally go far beyond the world’s billions of public web pages. The NSA is more interested in the so-called
invisible web, also known as the deep web or deepnet - data beyond the reach of the public.
Now just wrap your mind up on the amount of information that can be stored here, why in the world would there be a reason for such a place? This isn't
your typical machine, or station for information storing of the "usual suspects". This is at a much grander scale.
The usual "threat" has become a monster within itself, as we seek further "security" we are in fact every day become one of the "wanted", or the less
spoken but always popular "undesirable". There is no way, shape, or form this is going to be used for those that our so loving and caring PTB are
protecting us from.
As you can also see they seem to be now going after those that hold certain secrets on the "underground" level of the internet. Which many are not
aware of. There are many "telecom" companies that have decided to jump the "we will hand what ever you want over" train in order to avoid prosecution
or interruption of their services.
Though we have found an outlet in our own little worlds on the World Wide Web, the seem to have noticed that we cannot be stopped on certain levels,
the have now got their eyes set on the core of what we seem to treasure the most. Freedom of expression, and the wanting of knowledge, beyond their
BTW, there is more to come.
edit on 27-5-2012 by NoRegretsEver because: fixing