What's to discuss here? Pork, pork, pork!
You have no idea what your talking about. While there may be INCREDIBLE
inefficiencies with the NSA, this mission is critical. Cyberwar is exactly
that, a war that rages that no one really knows about. Buck up, a
Cyber 9/11 or Cyber Pearl Harbor is coming.
The response from 10:38 is what I would expect. I have long said that the
Democrats have Welfare and the Republicans have warfare.It doesn't
matter how ineffecient the welfare/warfare program may be, the end justifies the
means. Doesn't matter how many billions are piddled down a rat hole in
post-Katrina New Orleans, keep spending money on it. Same here.And
yes, another hurrican will come; another terror attack will come.Pork, pork and more pork. Though since this is Utah, home of the Republicans,
this is good pork. It entails warfare.
if it does come then great we can pass a whole bunch of freedom stripping laws
that will cost endless amounts of money.In the end it wont matter
the US will be so far in debt just like Cali noone will accept our IOU's.
Well then, I hope the NSA is reading this post.The NSA is
incompetent and unprofessional. The money spent on this ridiculous complex
could have bought some pink flamingos for every mobile home in Midvale.Keep taxing and keep spending. This project is right out of the pork barrel.
The location is setting on enough power to run the city. Are they
just not saying that, or did they for get about Saratoga Hot Springs?I realize 111 F isn't 212 F, but that is the tip of the volcano.
Just one EMP from a nuke blast in space and poof, 120 acres of paper weights.
Or maybe a powerful sun spot. Or just maybe, the boogyman will come out of his
cave in Afghanistan to come and get us. You know the one, the same one another
3 letter agency (CIA) failed to get when cornered at Tora Bora. Or maybe a well
placed C4 on one of the new power transmission lines now being strung. Give me
a break. The NSA can't even protect us from MS13, Bloods, Crips or any other
terrorist group.....err....gang inside or outside of the US. I would rather see
the money spent on sealing the borders and I don't mean just the cyber sealing
of our borders. Just keep on going NSA, spend it like you have it. I guess the
"boogyman" worked for dubya.....
Actually there are ways to shield sensitive electrical material from a nuclear
EMP, not cheap, but Faraday Cages or alternating steel and graphite layers work.
The also keep out cell phone and other EM radiation presumable protecting the
data against unwanted leaks.
It appears that some of you are afraid of your shadows.I'm wondering
how many jobs this will bring to Utah? What kind of money will this project and
then the operation of the center add to our local economy?
The article says: "But it's not the sort of power trip that keeps civil
libertarians lying awake at night." Want to bet? What could one do with 35
megawatts of power?The thought of giving the NSA even more POWER to
filter through all of our web traffic, emails, and browsing habits doesn't
exactly help me doze off to sleep any easier.Oh, that's right - only
foreign hackers and criminals need to worry about being snooped on. Well with our Big Brother passing around 500 new laws and regulations each
year, I'm sure we are all criminals by now. Look up the "Einstein"
NSA projects. -And that's just what they are willing to talk about.
Well it looks like our young AFJROTC cadets at Clearfield High School, winners
in the Air Force Association's Cyber Patriot competition, will find gainful
employment in Utah.
Does anyone remember that during the last cold snap we were told to conserve
power? How is this new spy center going to get power when there isn't even
enough to handle a cold spell along the Wasatch Front?
JMT, so what kind of spending is not pork and does not benefit someone,
No matter how well you plan there is always a hole in it. And someone will find
it.As for an EMP taking the building our of commission it's not
likely, I'm sure the whole building will have EMP and bomb shielding built in
it. Only a near direct hit would put this building out of commission.With this building in Utah it also makes us a prime target on an enemy's hit
or bomb list.
Look at the airconditioning system on top of that building. It's third of the
size of the building. I wonder how far down that building goes in the earth to
need a system that big? The building is likely EMP proof. The money spent is a
drop in the bucket to save a life. I just wish they stop spending to save our
automakers and banks and close our borders. The billions spend could have given
everyone FREE medical. The banks and automakers would have regrouped and
operated once again only a lot better.
Nice to see the government making use of our abundant coal generated
IF "ENERGY IS THE PRE-DOMINANT ISSUE" = THERE IS, of course, the "HATCH"
geo-thermal and wind energy plant near Milford [in Beaver County] - which since
last Spring has been selling "clean energy" to Anaheim and Disneyland, CA!
UNLESS: That Milford [non-nuclear] alternative energy plant is 'a base' from
which energy can be generated for an eventual high-speed rail service in this
State? CAN UTAH GOVERNMENT[s] ACTUALLY 'plan' that far ahead?
For "Bob Kjar" - US Air Force is NOW 'ramping up' its 24th Air Force "Cyber
Command" at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, TX.Also: The Las Alamos
National Labs in New Mexico is deep into cyber-security issues, too, with its
highly touted "Road-runner" high-speed, super-computer suite.In Las
Vegas, NV @ the Smithsonian's Atomic Testing Museum - on October 20th - I heard
an amazing CYBER-SECURITY briefing from a Las Alamos official!
Tell the Feds they can build it when they start paying us for all of the land
they have locked up in Utah. Land that should be used to pay for our
schools.Meanwhile our kids sit in outdated buildings with no
classroom funds and the biggest class sizes in the country.
yes, how about all this coal-fired electical generation capacity that cannot be
replaced or added to.but what really bothers me is the history of
gov't secret project spending. they can spend 1.8 of the 1.9 billion and then
cancel the project.utah is so unimportant on the national political
scene, if it was really something good, it would have gone to a state with more
...that big brother has been in Utah ever since Brigham young brought his flock
12:59 - So you think the federal government should pay for new schools in Utah
while the rest of the country has to pay for their schools with local taxes.
Isn't that a bit presumptuous of you to assume that taxpayers in other states
should pay for your schools? Buck up buddy and pay for your own. And by the
way, the federal government hasn't "locked up" any land that isn't theirs.
Sorry Mr. editor, but as Libertarian Party Chair, I can assure you that this IS
the kind of power trip that keeps civil libertarians up at night. I personally
do not want our "pretty great state" overrun by spies and thos in the government
who think we are all up to something suspicious. If we aren't targets now, what
will it take to make us targets?
Can I have a job application? When do they start interviews?
ECR,You sound completely clueless on the topic.Do a
little research about how much land the feds have taken from the state of Utah
by locking it up. Now it can't be developed and the children of Utah suffer the
I agree with the poster that commented about the federal land grab in Utah. One
of our senators or representatives should be pressing this issue every year.
When Clinton grabbed southern Utah land it just made things even worse.Who can step up and pursue this?
What is not pork? Do you have any idea what this money is being used for? It is
another 'black budget' program and even the supporters agree that NSA is very
wasteful, though since it is defense related...spend ahoy!How much
of this capacity is going to be used to continue spying on American citizens
without a warrant? What is the information being used for? What checks and
balances are on this agency? While this isn't quite as bad as Wash DC completing
the Ronald Reagan bldg before Congress even knew it had been budgeted, it is
close.Everyone knows it is comeing, everyone has ideas as to what
the NSA does, very few can tell of the need for any type of capacity. This is
like the US Navy building more nuc carriers, the Air Force fighting for another
187 F-22's, the Army having the FCS cancelled only to restore it via subprojects
funded in other areas.Sorry, simply slapping "national defense" or
"security" on a project neither makes it useful or sacred. And when we are
buying things of questionable or ill-defined worth, it is pork.
Utah deserves every horror it receives. I fled my home for the sanity of
Wyoming 22 years ago because the Powers That Be in Utah care for nothing but
money, money, money (oh! and development, of ANY sort) and care nothing for what
used to be The Place. No pity for you guys, here. You Asked For It as the old
show was named.
..are akin to a phone calling center. Row after row of poor college kids
eavesdropping on conversations instead of calling you during Sunday Dinner. Not
many engineering or computer scientists. As mentioned in the article, return
missionaries seem to fit the bill well -- willing to work for dirt, no degree,
likely know another language, don't question authority. Sounds like Utah was a
Let's put 120 Acres in size of this facility into perspective. That's the
equivalent to 30 Nimitz class aircraft carriers parked side by side. If you
have ever seen a Nimitz class carrier, it's huge.I think that we
should focus on ridding our country of the true terrorists that are abundant
now. Like stated in an earlier post, GANGS! I don't fear Al Qaeda! I fear Al
Gangsta! I highly doubt Al Qaeda will do a drive by in my neighborhood, but Al
Gangsta will! I bet NSA will not help us rid ourselves of the gang problem. Al
Gangsta accounts for far many times the deaths in the U.S. than Al Qaeda ever
will. Al Gangsta has cell phones, but I doubt NSA will impact them.Just wait until this monstrosity goes online. Our power rates will be raised
because of the huge demand of power this behemoth will require.
If you got Windows 7, get rid of it! Billy Gates and the NSA designed it.
More lies going out and more lies coming in.....Lets let the youth and
disadvantaged have some health cover and more education instead of..."oh no they
got weapons of mass destruction" lies..... at the cost of 1.9 billion...This is
pre- Obama trash
We're all going to die!Eventually.....After we have been
spied on and have nothing left to hide.
He's already here. Been here for a long time. Current occupant of the White
House will abuse the power, to our loss. Previous occupant of the WH abused the
power, to our loss. Current occupant's philosophy will cripple our freedoms
with this BB.
While everyone on this forum is arguing the rights and wrongs of this NSA spy
center, let us not forget that China is not resting on its laurels. It is okay
to debate, but let's make it quick.
What are super computers made of that they take this much power to operate?Microprocessors, especially the RISC kind are quite energy efficient?I am perplexed.That said I'm happy we have a resource such
as the NSA to be the ghost fly on the wall among the terrorists of the world, so
we, if we choose, are not caught off guard.
Could it be possible that they need the power because they are planning to
develop or construct a system for monitoring cyberspace that uses artificial
intelligence. Here's hoping they don't name it Skynet.
There's a lot of paranoia about this, and yet most of us give up far more
information to Google than the NSA ever would ever probe.
From one of my two earlier posts yesterday = Are the Mainland Chinese attacking
our U.S. electronic & computer infra-structures? ABSOLUTELY, THEY
ARE!The Las Alamos National Lab official's briefing I heard in Las
Vegas (on October 20th) stated this = The U. S. banking, electrical grids and
computer networks are being hit 5,000(!) times per hour(!), per day, 24/7, EVERY
DAY. THOSE ARE JUST FROM THE Peoples' Republic of China.[Over Thanksgiving weekend on C-SPAN: Georgetown University's primary
'cyber-security expert' then testified: "There are more vicious & successful
[un-named] countries hacking our networks, than are now operating within the PRC
- which recently announced delegating its actions to the PLA = Peoples'
Liberation Army"]!Despite U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman, Jr.'s "spin"
on successes alleged in President Obama's mainland China forays: I looked
un-successfully for ANY[!] indication[s] that "cyber-security" was an issue
raised in Beijing, nor those curious Chinese naval operations being conducted
[under rock fortresses] in the vicinity of Hainan Island - which are a reported
focus of US military intelligence now.
Twitter was attacked over the weekend and brought down for a couple hours by the
Iranian Cyber Army. For those of you that are too ignorant to
understand the warfare that is taking place in cyberspace RIGHT NOW, please
What you are saying is that the PLA will have another infinite cache of
information coming out of Camp Williams? After all, 99.99% of the electronics
they will be using will have been made in China.
The NSA won't "tip their hand", but don't forget the abundant supply of
intelligent, honest potential employees who will work for cheap to stay in Utah.
We've met the enemy and the enemy is YOU!
USSID 18 is the Bible for anybody NSA. It is hammered into the heads of all
involved and places extremely stringent controls on who we can collect on. If
you're paranoid about the NSA listening in on you, read this document online and
realize that it is preached to the signals intelligence corps constantly and we
adhere to it like good LDS folk adhere to the words of the prophet.As a
returned missionary AF officer working as part of the NSA, I've seen nothing
that anybody from Utah should have any worries about. There are lots of
black-box ops that take place that I wouldn't know about. From what I've seen
though, the NSA places EXTREMELY HEAVY restrictions on collections on US
persons. I believe there are too many good people (lots of former missionaries)
working at the NSA to allow any breach to happen on a widespread scale. As it
stands now, I feel comfortable in my work and don't worry for my countrymens'
privacy being intruded upon.
Get ready for higher power bills. A couple of weeks ago Rocky Mountain Power
asked everyone to conserve electricity, that demand was too high. So if we are
often maxed out on electricitiy now, how can the power company meet the needs of
this power hunger complex?
So, the Mormons are going to be the one basically to run this behemoth. And the
LDS missionaries have expanded their mission on spying on us to further the
Church. God save our country.
For: Perplexed but happyRISC chips are not energy efficient
especially when you get into the multi-core processors. They suck huge amounts
of energy. I believe Sun is not designing 16 core processors. When I was
involved we were up to 8 cores.
All I can say is - be ready to get the hell outta dodge. I don't want to be one
of those on the "potential terrorist" list. Think "Minority Report".
Re. Church/State separation. It never ceases to amaze me that almost any article
on almost any subject promotes Mormon bashing in the DN comments. What a
shallow life some people live when all they live for to is try to find ways to
criticize the LDS church. Grow up.
Jess: Many people bash the KKK, the Nazis, Socialists, Commies, radical Islam,
athiests, etc. So what? Are some groups too good for bashing?
Edison was a thief who stole the best ideas and the life from Tesla!