With new data center, NSA poised to achieve ‘total information awareness’

April 12, 2012

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When it opens, the Utah Data Center will be five times the size of the U.S. Capitol.

The National Security Agency has poured more than $1.2 billion into their newest project: the country's biggest "spy center." Slated to open in 2013 in Bluffdale, Utah, the Utah Data Center will function as a bottomless database warehouse that will record, store and monitor any electronic communication -- from grocery store receipts to diplomatic transactions. The goal is to provide "total information awareness" for the U.S. government. Journalist James Bamford exposed the most detailed account to date of the center's structure and mission in last month's Wired magazine. He joins Worldview to talk about the NSA's ambitions and what it means for American security and privacy.