Comment: im not so sure they have the transmission capability

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im not so sure they have the transmission capability

im not so sure they have the transmission capability to transfer and analyze the world or even 1/4 of the countries bandwidth.

they already have in place the data capture methods at the hubs... to upload all of that to a place in utah would require VAST infrastructure in magnitude to the already existing internet in size and scale.

In terms of brute forcing somthing like a 512 bit encryption would take longer then the universe, even if the super computer there were trillions of times faster then the top 10 known... it's nearly impossible. there are 2^256 combos in just SHA-2... SHA-3 has 1600 SHA-2 "words". and some methods have even larger encypt combos that are 100s of orders of magnitude over SHA-3

the above facts leads me to believe that this is a cyber test range or something not involved with data capture or encryption.

i think this is the article you mentioned
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/

Tools of war are not always obvious. The worst weapon is an idea planted in the mind of man. Prejudices can kill, suspicion can destroy, and a thoughtless, frightened search for a scapegoat has an everlasting fallout all of its own.