Here’s What I’m Reading Today. It’s a fascinating look into the massive data storage center the NSA is building in a remote part of Utah. It will be able to store all of our private phone conversations, emails, text messages, chats, credit card purchases, bank info, the list goes on and on. The article’s author, James Bamford, describes the site as Big Love meets Big Brother.
Then to analyze and decrypt all that data the NSA is working on an enormous super computer. It requires enough electricity to power 200,000 homes and enough cooling equipment to air condition both World Trade Center towers.
Bamford is a writer I’ve interviewed before and run into occasoinally on the DC cocktail circuit. He has spent years covering the NSA and has the best sources there bar none. He also wrote one of my favorite articles for Rolling Stone about the surreal world of war public relations. Here’s a bonus article for What I’m Reading Today: