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.
Ben Shapiro is Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the New York Times bestseller Bullies: How the Lefts Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013
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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.
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Big Brother need Big Cribs.
“...translate intercepted communication...”
But .. But... What happened to just collecting data?
And Ted Nugent, NO!