NSA Talking Points On Utah Data Center: We’re Teaming Up With Tech Companies To ‘Protect’ The Internet
by Mike Masnick
Fri, Jul 12th 2013
Last year, well before all of the revelations concerning the NSA’s surveillance program, reporter James Bamford, who has a long history of reporting on the NSA’s questionable activities, revealed the details of the NSA’s massive data center in Bluffdale, Utah, which it was building to host all of this information that it’s been hoovering up for years. Michael Morisy, from Muckrock, used a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to get the media talking points that the NSA used upon the groundbreaking of the building. As reported in Bamford’s piece, there had been a “public” groundbreaking, with press there, and Morisy wondered how the NSA framed the building’s purpose when it first discussed it. And, the answer, it appears, was to play down anything having to do with the massive data collection.
The talking points play up the fact that there’s so much data online, but rather than talking about how the NSA is collecting all of it, they say that they’re setting up this operation to help “protect” your data. From everyone… except the NSA, of course.