Earlier this week, a story was published in Wired Magazine talking about a new data center the NSA was building in Utah. The $2 billion project is constructing a heavily fortified data center for the National Security Agency and it is being constructed by contractors with top-secret clearances. According to the article, the center will be used for surveillance work and will be able to intercept the phone calls, e-mails, and even the Google search history of people all around the country and the globe in the search for terrorists.
Forbes reports that NSA director General Keith Alexander was directly questioned about the Wired story during a budget hearing before the Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee of the Armed Services Committee. The Wired story outlines that NSA domestic spying program in detail with interviews from multiple former NSA workers and described database surveillance of Americans.
Apparently, Alexander denied the allegations leveled in the Wired magazine story 14 different times during the budget hearing. According to Alexander, the NSA does not have the ability to identify people who send e-mails with specific keywords inside within the US. Interestingly, that response insinuates that NSA can, in fact, identify people who send e-mails with specific keywords outside the United States. If you want to hear more about the questions asked during the budget hearing, check out the video below.