NSA Funds New "Top Secret" $60 Million Dollar Data Lab

Center will analyze information from private emails, cell phone calls,
Google searches

Paul Joseph Watson
August 16, 2013

The National Security Agency is funding a "top secret" $60
million dollar data analysis lab at North Carolina State University
which will scrutinize information collected from private emails, phone
calls and Google searches.

"The Laboratory for Analytic Sciences will be launched in a
Centennial Campus building that will be renovated with money from the
federal agency, but details about the facility are top secret. Those who
work in the lab will be required to have security clearance from the
U.S. government," reports the News & Observer
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The project was initially supposed to be revealed in June, but the
scandal surrounding the NSA's PRISM surveillance program prompted
the university to delay the announcement, with faculty staff citing,
"that bit out of The Guardian (newspaper) on NSA collecting phone
records of Verizon customers."

According to NCSU Chancellor Randy Woodson, the program will revolve
around "making sense out of the deluge of data that we're all
swimming in every day," although the university denies that it will
be involved in "mass surveillance".

However, according to an Associated Press report
sa-on.html> , the data lab will analyze information collected by the
NSA's new $2 billion dollar data center in Bluffdale, Utah, which is
set to collect
"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 the AP report, the new data lab will help perfect
technology that will "analyze that data for patterns identifying
terrorists and other security threats."

The announcement of the new data center coincides with a Washington Post
11e3-a07f-49ddc7417125_story.html>  which reveals that the NSA "has
broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of
times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in

During a press conference last week, President Obama claimed that the
agency was not "actually abusing these programs and, you know,
listening in on people's phone calls or inappropriately reading
people's e-mails."

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