I know — this is “old news” it refers to a Wired story from 2012 (and by “old” I guess we’re supposed to read “unimportant”). Still, $40 Million seems like a pretty big commitment to just slide under the table:
Right now, the NSA is building a data collection center out in Utah that is so massive that it is hard to describe with words. It is going to cost 40 million dollars a year just to provide the energy needed to run it. According to a 2012 Wired article entitled “The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)“, this data center will contain “the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches” in addition to “parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases” and anything else that the NSA decides to collect…
And the quotes …. Al Franken used to have a lot of interest in “Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them” But, that was then, now his quote comes in at #5:
#5 U.S. Senator Al Franken: “I can assure you, this is not about spying on the American people.”
If he was just any old Senator, I’d say, “Come on! #5? Isn’t that a bit of an exaggeration?” But, really. Did you have any idea back when he was pleading for donations to his Senate campaign (and you were frantically recalculating your budget to help) that he’d be making statements like that?
I completely agree that his indifference is worse than the totally expected exchange below:
#17 An exchange between NSA director Keith Alexander and U.S. Representative Hank Johnson in March 2012…
JOHNSON: Does the NSA routinely intercept American citizens’ emails?
JOHNSON: Does the NSA intercept Americans’ cell phone conversations?
JOHNSON: Google searches?
JOHNSON: Text messages?
JOHNSON: Amazon.com orders?
JOHNSON: Bank records?