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We Made the Desert Bloom

We found the Paiutes living in huts and eating pine nuts.
The Deseret Intelligencer - Salt Lake City's Finest Artisanal Newspaper

By Jess E. Huber

We were driven out of Missouri and Illinois, where our Prophet Joseph Smith was murdered by an angry mob. Our people have been persecuted, so we deserve to have our own Homeland.

When our Prophet Brigham Young saw this land, he said that God gave it to us, and he called it Zion. We made the desert bloom. Today our vast monoculture farms cover the valleys as far as the eye can see. On Google maps, our Zion looks like a patchwork quilt of agribusiness and urban sprawl.

We found the Paiutes living in huts and eating pine nuts. Some of their descendants still live here in a few isolated trailer parks, but as non-Mormons they have no future here in Zion. There are Reservations for Native Americans in other States that should take them in.

On September 11, 1857, a company of Mormon Militia disguised as Paiutes massacred the Baker-Fancher wagon train at Mountain Meadows in southern Utah. The Mormons blamed the Mountain Meadows Massacre on the Paiutes.

"The Utah Data Center, code-named Bumblehive, is the first Intelligence Community Comprehensive National Cyber-security Initiative (IC CNCI) data center designed to support the Intelligence Community's efforts to monitor, strengthen and protect the nation. Our Utah "mission data repository" is designed to cope with the vast increases in digital data that have accompanied the rise of the global network. NSA is the executive agent for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) and is the lead agency at the center."

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Wipe you hand across your mouth and laugh 24.Apr.2014 05:52


So much energy and water went into making the desert bloom,there's not any to spare for the NSA. TURN IT OFF

The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center 24.Apr.2014 08:03

James Bamford

The NSA Is Building the Country's Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)
By James Bamford in wired.com 03.15.12


When construction is completed in 2013, the heavily fortified $2 billion facility in Bluffdale will encompass 1 million square feet.

Under construction by contractors with top-secret clearances, the blandly named Utah Data Center is being built for the National Security Agency. A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world's communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks. The heavily fortified $2 billion center should be up and running in September 2013. Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital "pocket litter." It is, in some measure, the realization of the "total information awareness" program created during the first term of the Bush administration—an effort that was killed by Congress in 2003 after it caused an outcry over its potential for invading Americans' privacy.

But "this is more than just a data center," says one senior intelligence official who until recently was involved with the program. The mammoth Bluffdale center will have another important and far more secret role that until now has gone unrevealed. It is also critical, he says, for breaking codes. And code-breaking is crucial, because much of the data that the center will handle—financial information, stock transactions, business deals, foreign military and diplomatic secrets, legal documents, confidential personal communications—will be heavily encrypted. According to another top official also involved with the program, the NSA made an enormous breakthrough several years ago in its ability to cryptanalyze, or break, unfathomably complex encryption systems employed by not only governments around the world but also many average computer users in the US. The upshot, according to this official: "Everybody's a target; everybody with communication is a target."

The data stored in Bluffdale will naturally go far beyond the world's billions of public web pages. The NSA is more interested in the so-called invisible web, also known as the deep web or deepnet—data beyond the reach of the public. This includes password-protected data, US and foreign government communications, and noncommercial file-sharing between trusted peers. "The deep web contains government reports, databases, and other sources of information of high value to DOD and the intelligence community," according to a 2010 Defense Science Board report. "Alternative tools are needed to find and index data in the deep web ... Stealing the classified secrets of a potential adversary is where the [intelligence] community is most comfortable." With its new Utah Data Center, the NSA will at last have the technical capability to store, and rummage through, all those stolen secrets. The question, of course, is how the agency defines who is, and who is not, "a potential adversary."


Once it's operational, the Utah Data Center will become, in effect, the NSA's cloud. The center will be fed data collected by the agency's eavesdropping satellites, overseas listening posts, and secret monitoring rooms in telecom facilities throughout the US. All that data will then be accessible to the NSA's code breakers, data-miners, China analysts, counterterrorism specialists, and others working at its Fort Meade headquarters and around the world. Here's how the data center appears to fit into the NSA's global puzzle.

— J.B.

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