By Madison Ruppert
Deep in the heart of Mormon country in Bluffdale, Utah – home of America’s largest polygamist sect known as the Apostolic United Brethren – the National Security Agency (NSA) is constructing a surveillance center the likes of which the world has never seen.
This facility, which is projected to be operational around September 2013, is in fact so large that it actually required Bluffdale to expand the town boundaries and once finished will be over five times the size of the U.S. Capitol, according to Wired.
Dubbed the Utah Data Center, the complex is being built by contractors who all possess top secret clearance, evidence of the highly secretive nature of the project.
The sheer amount of information the NSA will be collecting at this facility is nothing short of shocking.
They will be intercepting, deciphering and analyzing data from satellites and networks both foreign and domestic – signaling the realization of the goal of the so-called total information awareness program hatched during George W. Bush’s first term.
While this program was allegedly shut down by Congress in 2003 due to its clear potential for violating the privacy of countless Americans, it has been replaced by other programs operating under different names.
Some of these involve the private sector through corporations like Google (which is soon to count the current head of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) among their ranks) and DARPA-funded Facebook, while others simply operate without a formal project name, as is the case with the activities which will go on at the Utah Data Center.
At this facility the NSA will be spying on every single form of communication, ranging from the entirety of private emails, cell phone calls, Google searches and other internet activity, to data on travel, parking receipts, purchases at bookstores, and anything and everything they can get their hands on.
This was the explicit goal of the total information awareness program but now through social media monitoring and the help of companies like Google who specialize in data collection, no such goal must ever be explicitly outlined to the public which is by and large ignorant of these activities.