Big Brother's New Home
The National Security Agency ran out of room at their Maryland headquarters and are in the process of building new facilities to store all the private data they have been collecting since September 11th. The NSA will have facilities in Salt Lake City, Utah and San Antonio, Texas which will house supercomputers capable of storing yottabytes (1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bits) of data.
The NSA was easily able to bypass the 4th Amendment after the events of September 11th and have been collecting data from telephone calls and internet traffic without a warrant. The NSA began collecting data without much uproar from the American public because they gained the cooperation of most of the American telecom industry in secret.
The new facilities are being welcomed in Utah because of the economical benefits they will bring to the state: the multi-billion dollar, million-square-foot building is expected to create 1,500 jobs.
The benefits for the local economy raise the question of whether "Freedom can be traded for temporary prosperity."
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