On a remote stretch of desert in central Utah, the National Security Agency has built a massive, 1 million-square-foot data warehouse. Costing more than $1.5 billion, the highly secret facility is designed to house upward of trillions of intercepted phone calls, e-mail messages, internet searches and other communications intercepted by the agency as part of its expansive eavesdropping operations. The NSA is also completing work on another data warehouse, this one in San Antonio, Texas.
“The essential element in the black art of obscurantism (the practice of deliberately preventing the facts or full details of something from becoming known) is not that it wants to darken individual understanding but that it wants to blacken our picture of the world, and darken our idea of existence.”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human