NSA Risking Running Out Of Juice...
From the Blatimore Sun and from The Next Hurrah
So not only are we not able to restore Iraq’s electricity (particularly Baghdad) back to shape since the invasion of Iraq, we seem to be doing “A heck of a job ..Brownie” on our own infrastructure.
The super secret NSA is running out of juice, yes you heard that right. They don’t have enough electrical power to do their job, including listening in on our phone calls.
The demand for electricity to operate its expanding intelligence systems has left the high-tech eavesdropping agency on the verge of exceeding its power supply, the lifeblood of its sprawling 350-acre Fort Meade headquarters, according to current and former intelligence officials. Agency officials anticipated the problem nearly a decade ago as they looked ahead at the technology needs of the agency, sources said, but it was never made a priority, and now the agency's ability to keep its operations going is threatened. The NSA is already unable to install some costly and sophisticated new equipment, including two new supercomputers, for fear of blowing out the electrical infrastructure, they said. At minimum, the problem could produce disruptions leading to outages and power surges at the Fort Meade headquarters, hampering the work of intelligence analysts and damaging equipment, they said. At worst, it could force a virtual shutdown of the agency, paralyzing the intelligence operation, erasing crucial intelligence data and causing irreparable damage to computer systems -- all detrimental to the fight against terrorism.
So with steadily warming temperatures already causing a stress on our electrical grid we have this too. But national security is a priority for us right..right? And was this not anticipated?
The NSA's problem was identified in the late 1990s and could have been fixed by now -- and for much less money -- had keeping the lights on been a priority, current and former officials said. "It fits into a long, long pattern of crisis-of-the-day management as opposed to investing in the future," said one former government official familiar with the NSA's electricity shortfall.
Well, we clearly know where the priorities of this administration are... tax cuts to the super rich, preventing flag burning and gays from getting married.
Electrical infrastructure maintenance and upgrades have been a casualty of the fight against terrorism, according to unclassified budget documents. Even as the NSA's budget has ballooned after 9/11, the agency has put off basic utility upgrades such as a $4 million computer system to manage the allocation of power at the NSA -- a sliver of the NSA's estimated $8 billion budget. "Due to budget constraint [sic] and other development [sic] in the fight against terrorism," a 2007 budget document reads, the system was never fully implemented.
Oh my budget constraints, guess the wing nuts won’t give up their tax cuts for the country. Typical of them and selfish to the core. They don't care for the country that provided them the basic infrastructure and rule of law that helped them get where they are.
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