Now this one was shared by many of you, and it's worth passing on. A German company has done a comparative study of the NSA's new spying facility being built in Utah, you know, the one it won't talk about to Congress, and the old East German Stasi, which kept records on...well, pretty much everyone and everything. It is interesting, though not surprising, that the study should come from Germany. One can imagine they'd more than a little fed up with having to deal with Stasis, Gestapos, Sicherheitdiensten and so on:

Info-graphic: NSA Is A Billion Times More Expansive Than The Stasi

Let's run those numbers by one more time, before we delve into our usual high octane speculation:

"While the Stasi kept all it’s files in physical form, as revealed by NSA whistleblower William Binney, the NSA data center in Utah will be capable of storing 5 zettabytes of digital information (5 billion terabytes).

“'They would have plenty of space with five zettabytes to store at least something on the order of 100 years worth of the worldwide communications, phones and emails and stuff like that,' Binney asserts, 'and then have plenty of space left over to do any kind of parallel processing to try to break codes.'

"Cisco quantifies a zettabyte as the amount of data that would fill 250 billion DVDs.

"Open Data City notes that a filing cabinet requires 0.4 m square, and can hold about 60 folders containing roughly 30,000 pages of paper, which equates to somewhere in the region of 120 MB of data.

"Given these facts, the Utah data center, if it were to store printed copies of all the information it can hold, would consume about 17 million square kilometers of space. The shaded area in the image below shows you how much space that is. It pretty much covers the entire continent of Europe."

Five zettabytes, with a zettabyte equaling one billion terrabytes? Filling one and a quarter trillion DVDs? (Hint: buy Sony and Memorex stock now).

Ok, I'll admit, I question the need for that amount of data collection just to keep tabs on - how many terrorists did they say they're watching? Oh yea, they haven't, but I'll wager that those terrorists in several lifetimes wouldn't generate this amount of communications.

But I digress: the first thing that bothers me about all this is the Utah center itself. Now, I don't know about you, but I just don't think the DARPAcrats at the NSA are so stupid as to put all their zettabytes into one basket, so to speak. Much less the networked supercomputers to crunch them. In short, I tend to view the whole center as a bit of Potemkin Village Theater: a thing for show and tell. I strongly suspect the real data storage and crunching facilities are dispersed and deep underground.  After all, this facility is a great big huge squating target. The real show is elsewhere. They already know this in Beijing, Berlin, and Moscow. Only the US Congress seems incapable of anything like thought.

Which raises the question of why build this Potemkin Village in Utah? Why not Idaho or Montana? Well, I can think of a thousand reasons why, all deeply buried in the phenomenon alternative researcher Peter Levenda calls "American political witchcraft," and with that uniquely American bit of political witchcraft called Mormonism, with its own unique obsessions about data collecting (though of a very different sort). I can think of all sorts of transhumanist reasons of political witchcraft too: one will need zettabytes and zettabytes of data processing and storage capability to follow all the wonderfully chipped transhumanist cyborgs around.

So, what's all this Potemkin Village Theater for? Well, for that, we'll have to wait until tomorrow's high octane speculation.

See you on the flip side.

Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. Urr12 on July 13, 2013 at 4:05 am

    ” One can imagine they’d more than a little fed up with having to deal with Stasis, Gestapos, Sicherheitdiensten and so on”

    Yes, but no: as much as I try to picture the Germans as the new champions of individual freedoms, the picture just won’t stick.

  2. DownunderET on July 12, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Utah, well at least nobody will be drunk on the job.

  3. Frankie Calcutta on July 12, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    It didn’t make sense that they would build our allegedly premier data gathering facility above ground. I just chalked it up to good old fashioned graft and ineptitude. I figured the large corporations like CISCO, etc, who were contracted out to build this monstrosity, probably talked the government into making it extremely vulnerable so that it could be easily targeted and destroyed by whomever, whereby the corporations could then rob the government blind once again re-building it.

    The Mormon angle makes a lot of sense. I guess they are the replacement sect for that other yahweh religion that served Yahweh so well these last three thousand years. The elites’ computer models must have told them it was time to jettison that ancient, loyal and tenacious group of followers. Maybe serve them up as a sacrifice for some machiavellian gain. Did anyone tell Benjamin Netanyahu that yet? Sometimes I think he is man desperately trying to save himself and his cause and other times I think he hasn’t got a clue what is in store for him and his promised land.

    I saw the writing on the wall when quite a few rabbis came out against transhumanism. Bad career move. On the other hand, that better looking yahweh sect in that other promised land of Utah has embraced transhumanism. I guess the elites couldn’t try that trick twice whispering in the ear of a favored yahweh cult and telling them that the were born with special DNA. Instead, the elite promised to give this new upstart yahweh sect better DNA scientifically to make them superior. Maybe the DNA of Yahweh himself. I would wager on close investigation quite a bit of transhumanist research is taking place at the Universities of Utah and Brigham Young.

    The whole polygamy thing is intriguing. On the face of it, polygamy would seem a nightmare in a feminized society where women are free to berate their husbands. Even one wife can seem too much some times. (and I’m not advocating chauvinistic society). I wonder if the Mormons are paying homage to Yahweh who is rumored to have had numerous Earth wives? Every mormon man is a little Yahweh?

    The other Mormon angle to all this– it would also seem the rank and file Mormons are the last holdout in American of traditional culture and decency. By putting the giant surveillance center in Utah where a large majority of the employees will be Mormons, could somebody be trying to corrupt these last remaining goody two shoes? Just imagine all the naughtiness these Mormons will be exposed to while surveilling the rest of America. What goes on in the average American household nowadays would make even Caligula blush. These poor Mormons. They’ll never be the same– like a doughboy in Paris.

  4. marcos toledo on July 12, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Yes Robert it’s Outer Limits time Full Spectrum Slavery for all us brutiles to be work to death and watch till we’re safely dead.

    • Robert Barricklow on July 12, 2013 at 4:54 pm

      The eyes certainly have it.
      In spades, no less.

  5. Robert Barricklow on July 12, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Are the Zettaraptors of digital hyper-space targeting the little people? Or, is it another species of raptors, moving about, into territories already marked, pissed-on, and not as yet obliterated? Don’t they already control the horizontal, the verticle, the image, the reality, the…?

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