Skip to comments.Massive San Antonio NSA Data Center Raises Eyebrows
Posted on 06/18/2013 4:06:19 PM PDT by drewh
Even as reports break about the size and scope of the National Security Agencys vast data storage center in Utah, new details are emerging about a second massive NSA center in San Antonio, Texas. According to the Houston Chronicle, Satellite and aerial imagery show that massive air conditioning units and backup generators have been added to the facility, which is now ringed by barbed-wire fencing. City permits and property tax records show that the complex has been dramatically expanded. According to sources, the plant will supposedly translate intercepted communications from the NSA; the communications are then forwarded to Maryland for processing.
The data center itself is about 94,000 square feet. It became operational in 2012. But the San Antonio Express-News could find no funding in the Defense Department budgets from 2004 through 2013 for the work at the Sony plant where the NSA center was located. The property on which the data center is located has grown by approximately 135,000 square feet, and is now worth some $72 million. A local bond sale in 2006 estimated that the NSA would be dropping $300 million into the area.
Originally, the NSA was much more transparent about the project, actually holding a job fair to promote their expansion in San Antonio. But from 2007 on, the news about the site has been nonexistent. In 2010, San Antonio residents reported that their garage doors had been opening randomly, and the NSA admitted that its antenna were interfering with garage door openers.
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How much floor space does it take to read encrypted emails?
Well, this is doubleplusgood. /s
How many data centers are there?
In Texas? They must be after Glen Beck LOL!
I raise my middle finger to them, not my eyebrow.
Most of the floor space will be going to servers, data storage, and the kinds of supercomputers necessary for doing the sort of number crunching that it takes to break encryptions.
You don't actually think they spend $20,000 on a hammer, $30,000 on a toilet seat, do you?
The one at Lackland AFB is supposedly the backup.
nsa> tar -cvf littlepeopleslives_20130618.tar
YOUR taxpaying dollars at work against you!
You get the government you deserve.
You should have used
/q — for Quackworthy.
Love your sign line. I’m gonna borrow it for a few years OK.
RAF Menwith Hill had the largest NSA presence in the United Kingdom.
As of 2012, NSA collected intelligence from four geostationary satellites. Satellite receivers were at Roaring Creek station in Catawissa, Pennsylvania and Salt Creek in Arbuckle, California. It operated ten to twenty taps on U.S. telecom switches. NSA had installations in several U.S. states and from them observed intercepts from Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, Latin America, and Asia.
NSA also operates RAF Menwith Hill in North Yorkshire, United Kingdom, which was, according to BBC News in 2007, the largest electronic monitoring station in the world. Planned in 1954, and opened in 1960, the base covered 562 acres (227 ha; 0.878 sq mi) as of 1999.
NSA had facilities at Friendship Annex (FANX) in Linthicum, Maryland, which is a 20 to 25-minute drive from Ft. Meade; the Aerospace Data Facility at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora outside Denver, Colorado; NSA Texas in the Texas Cryptology Center at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas; NSA Georgia at Fort Gordon in Augusta, Georgia; NSA Hawaii in Honolulu, the Multiprogram Research Facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and elsewhere.
On January 6, 2011 a groundbreaking ceremony was held to begin construction on NSA’s first Comprehensive National Cyber-security Initiative (CNCI) Data Center, known as the “Utah Data Center” for short. The US $2 billion data center is being built at Camp Williams, Utah, located 25 miles (40 km) miles south of Salt Lake City. The data center will help support the agency’s National Cyber-security Initiative. It is expected to be operational by September 2013.
In 2009, to protect its assets and to access more electricity, NSA sought to decentralize and expand its existing facilities in Ft. Meade and Menwith Hill, the latter expansion expected to be completed by 2015.
The Yakima Herald-Republic cited Bamford, saying that many of NSA’s bases for its Echelon program were a legacy system, using outdated, 1990s technology. In 2004, NSA closed its operations at Bad Aibling Station (Field Station 81) in Bad Aibling, Germany. In 2012, NSA began to move some of its operations at Yakima Research Station, Yakima Training Center, in Washington state to Colorado, planning to leave Yakima closed. As of 2013, NSA also intended to close operations at Sugar Grove, West Virginia.
I was wondering where the Utah back up site was.
Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping!
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Big Brother need Big Cribs.
“...translate intercepted communication...”
But .. But... What happened to just collecting data?
And Ted Nugent, NO!
Seems like an awful lot of data processing capacity for just storing phone numbers we dial.
This may explain the Ted Cruz comment to hold off on NSA judgment. As pathetic as it is.
National Security Agency San Antonio TX 2012 Under Construction 2010
That’s the Microsoft Data Center.
Great point, why do they need all these massive datacenters to store phone metadata only?? This data could be stored in a small office building.
You only need this much space if you want to store massive data like audio and video etc.
Yup. Not without precedent either:
All you ‘I buy my ammo at walmart for cash’ people need to think again about there being any anonymity in that act.
Exactly. We’re being lied to big-time.
I’ll be they turn on and capture what people are doing with their own laptop camera too.
Eyebrows and garage doors, according to what I heard on the Sam Malone Show.
LOL, I was unaware of the /q. Now I know.
Many large business will have two duplicate data centers geographically separated. If one goes down they can immediately or very quickly switch over to a second.
These are the regions/divisions in the US as defined by the Census Bureau.
West/Pacific - ?
West/Mountain - Utah DC
Midwest/West North Central - ?
Midwest/East North Central - ?
Northeast/New England - ?
Northeast/Mid Atlantic - Maryland DC
South/West South Central - San Antonio
South/East South Central - ?
South/South Atlantic - ?
I would expect the Midwest region to contain one, along with West/Pacific and possibly the South/South Atlantic.
Basically anywhere power and land is cheap.
Actually, 94,000 SF isn’t all *that* much space, in the grand scheme of things, for raised floor space. Some years ago when I was in that business, I did a few projects in the 20k SF range. Heck, going back 17 years ago, Equifax probably had nearly that much in one facility.
Here, let me close your tag for you:
And Ted Nugent, NO!
...and all the rest of the (we) conservatives that
are were planning to move there to get away from the Commies/Liberals/Creepiness.
Bet they can't find The Won's Wallet Stimulus funding either, but it's there.
So, Perry allowed this? One more reason he’s not getting another vote from this household.
That place is named Texas Cryptology Center, nsa.gov. You can zoom in and see the construction. Of course, once they got the roof on, they probably changed it all costing us more tax dollars.
It’s the NSA.
James Bamford in Puzzle Palace listed one that wasn’t cheap.
I know. Just trying to get my bearings on where that is.
One is a backup. Two of the big sats could do the job, three gives you extra capabilities though...one extra has to be up in case of a failure so it can be moved into place.
With at least three big sats they can communicate line-of-sight between each other.
Their command and control links cannot be jammed. They would not use the large dish for command/control. Instead a much smaller and very precise dish with a spot beam would be used. The ground station for command/control would use a lot of power for the uplink and the receiver on the bird would be set to VERY low sensitivity. The spot beam downlink would have VERY low power as well. The only way to interfere would be to have a huge dish and a lot of power inside the small area targeted by the spot beam.(say around Ft Meade) Located at any other location there would not be enough signal coming down to pick up and from any other location you could not send up enough power to overload the command channel.
The commercial TV satellites like DISH and DirectTV use low-tech spot beams to send down the local channels. That is why it is impossible to pick up local NYC TV stations in say Los Angeles...you are outside the spot beams target area.
Walmart’s own little NSA taking photos of my mug when I buy a dozen eggs. No wonder prices have increased. We all are People of Walmart getting our faces scanned at every aisle. Sure, they really needed the road doubled in size to accommodate 15-20 employees there, uh huh. More likely to accomodate those new armoured Homeland Security trucks.
Death to Goldstein that terrist!
the plant will translate intercepted communications from Conservatives, Tea Partiers and Hockey Moms; the communications are then forwarded to Organizing For Action for processing.
There. Fixed it.
If that is true, it is about code breaking, not phone monitoring operation. That is the stuff they were originally involved in and a legitimate government function, national defense.
Thanks for the ping!
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