I Guess Big Brother IS Watching

If a new report is to be believed, the US government is maintaining a database of all - yes, all - domestic communications. I'm sure the rationale is to protect us from another 9/11 style disaster, but in the recent security and surveillance failures in the Boston Marathon bombing case make that ring a bit hollow. Also, anytime you have huge amounts of data on citizens, it opens up all kinds of cans of worms - privacy concerns, political watch lists and so on. Just on a computing/data storage level, it's daunting to think of the huge amounts of data being store - although on a more "up front" level, you may be aware that all Twitter traffic is already cataloged by the Library of Congress...
Last year, Wired took an in-depth look a new multi-billion dollar NSA complex in the Utah dessert scheduled be completed later this year. According to their report, the complex’s “near-bottomless” databases will store “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.’” According to a “senior intelligence official” quoted in the story, the Utah facility will also be a vital tool in breaking encrypted codes.

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