What do you all think, that there are hundreds of thousands of people that do nothing but sit around & listen in on random conversations & a like # reading E-mails & text messages? There must be an awful lot of people here that either are totally paranoid, scared that some lib like myself may have turned them in
or what, maybe spying yourself? Or do they just have a bunch of computers checking & cross checking #s called to known #s of suspected terrorists & foreign nationals living darn near everywhere on earth? Nah, your all right & better watch what your writing & saying, just saying.
Think this might fit the bill?http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/0 ... atacenter/
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.”
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.”
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.)
http://www.npr.org/2013/06/10/190160772 ... -data-farm
According to Binney—who has maintained close contact with agency employees until a few years ago—the taps in the secret rooms dotting the country are actually powered by highly sophisticated software programs that conduct “deep packet inspection,” examining Internet traffic as it passes through the 10-gigabit-per-second cables at the speed of light.
The estimated power of those computing resources in Utah is so massive it requires use of a little-known unit of storage space: the zettabyte. as the amount of data that would fill 250 billion DVDs.
"They would have plenty of space with five zettabytes to store at least something on the order of 100 years worth of the worldwide communications, phones and emails and stuff like that," Binney asserts, "and then have plenty of space left over to do any kind of parallel processing to try to break codes."
NSA does provide some measure of the computing power at its new data farm in Utah. It requires 65 megawatts of power, enough for 65,000 homes. It also has its own power substation.
That much power generates so much heat that the computers will fry without 1.5 million gallons of cooling water a day.
So the Utah center will employ about 100 technicians to keep the power and water flowing and the computers and other equipment humming.
The maintenance costs of the center are pegged at $20 million a year, according to Davis.
And the kicker?
Despite its capacity, the Utah center does not satisfy NSA's data demands. Last month, the agency broke ground on its next data farm at its headquarters at Ft. Meade, Md.