From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Thursday 20th November 2014
Desert spying base under attack
Mr Roberts said there were serious questions about privacy and surveillance surrounding the centre and several Utah residents who spoke at a legislative committee hearing agreed.
During their last session, Utah legislators opted to delay a decision on Mr Roberts’s Bill to cut off the facility’s water.
Local politicians insisted they were not intent on shutting down the $1.7 billion (£1.1bn) site and the committee chairman acknowledged the concerns, but said there might be another way to get the point across.
“We may look at some type of strong message to give our representatives to take back to Congress,” said Republican Senator David Hinkins.
The largest NSA data storage centre in the US was built in Utah after the state was chosen over 37 other locations because of open land and cheap electricity.
It sits on a National Guard state military base in the town of Bluffdale.
NSA officials claim it is key to protecting national security and allowing US authorities to watch for cyber threats.
But the centre attracted attention last year after whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed that the NSA had been collecting millions of US phone and digital records stored by internet providers.
The US National Security Agency has been authorised to intercept information concerning all but four countries worldwide, top-secret documents say, according to The Washington Post: here.
In a letter addressed to Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson this week, leading US Senators requested information about the use of “StingRay” and “dirt box” devices and other cell phone surveillance and data mining systems by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other US government agencies: here.