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NSA Building $860 Million Data Center in Maryland

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posted on Jun, 8 2013 @ 09:05 PM
The National Security Agency isn't spying on you... they are protecting you!

And they just requested nearly $900 million to help beef up its supercomputing capabilities near Washington D.C., so they can more effectively not spy on you.

As the agencies data collection methods fill the newspaper headlines, the NSA is planning a $896.5 million complex complete with raised floors and advanced alarm mechanisms. It will also need about 60 megawatts of power -- the same amount that powers Microsoft's gargantuan data center in Chicago.

As its current data collection makes headlines, the National Security Agency is continuing to expand its data storage and processing capabilities. The agency recently broke ground on an $860 million data center at Fort Meade, Maryland that will span more than 600,000 square feet, including 70,000 square feet of technical space.


Scheduled for completion in 2016, the center’s mission will be to protect national security networks and providing U.S. authorities with intelligence and warnings about cyber threats.

The NSA is hoping to pour more than $35 million into building security and perimeter control, which would include a cargo inspection facility, advanced surveillance, and systems designed to detect any radiological, nuclear, or chemical threats. If all goes to plan, construction would wrap up by December 2015.

Wait a second, the 2 billion data center in Utah won't be finished until September 2013 and already we have another project underway? On Wikipedia, it says that "one report suggested that the Utah Data Center will cost another $2 billion for hardware, software, and maintenance."

That 4 billion folks! Double what I read the last time a looked it up.

When completed, the Utah facility is expected to require 65 megawatts, costing about $40 million per year and will store data on the scale of yottabytes (1 yottabyte = 1 trillion terabytes, or 1 quadrillion gigabytes)... but that isn't enough, now we need another one in Maryland? And what will the finial cast be for this one? WTF!

Lets build another one in Maryland, why not?
Hey guys, do you think now is a good time for a press release?
Sure, why not, the public will put up with anything, screw it.

posted on Jun, 8 2013 @ 09:21 PM
reply to post by wasaka

More is NEVER enough.At least, that's the way I see what the Government is doing. They won't be happy until they know every move of every person under their "care", as we are all suspected of being domestic terrorists.

Just MHO, but I've never been convinced that any foreign terrorists have ever committed a act against the U.S. I've always thought they were done by our own government but they NEED to spy on us because WE are the problem, not them.

Yeah, I could be wrong. It's happened once or twice before. Why the government gets a pass and refuses to let us know what they are really doing yet they need to know everything about us is almost amusing, but not quite at all.

Land of the free, huh?

posted on Jun, 8 2013 @ 10:19 PM
Encyclopedia Everythingica and a dossier on everyone, with everything, from cradle to grave. It's the ultimate Holy Grail of databases and investigative resources ...and the total death of any concept of privacy or individuality from the state.

Mors libertas

posted on Jun, 8 2013 @ 10:40 PM
Hey, it's only money right?

Wait a minute...isn't it your money? When did you vote for this?

And it's only for your protection right?

Wait a minute... Don't the citizens need protection from their own Government now?

Up is down.


posted on Jun, 9 2013 @ 01:39 PM
Yep, as posted last month by our esteemed colleague Wrabbit2000

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