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NSA Data Center Under Seige? Chronic Electrical Surges Brings Down Facility

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Intersection of SR 140 and SR 68 in Bluffdale.

Intersection of SR 140 and SR 68 in Bluffdale. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

BLUFFDALE, Utah, Oct. 8 (UPI) — A huge new data-storage facility for U.S. spying is plagued by chronic electrical surges that have prevented the center’s opening, documents and officials say.

The classified National Security Agency Intelligence Community Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative Data Center at Camp Williams, near Bluffdale, Utah, was supposed to open at least part of the facility this week after a year of delays.

But it hasn’t been able to because of 10 explosive meltdowns in the past 14 months that have destroyed close to $1 million in machinery, project documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal indicate.

The meltdowns were described by a project official as “a flash of lightning inside a 2-foot box,” the Journal said.

Their causes are disputed, if not a mystery, some officials say and project documents indicate.

The Army Corps of Engineers, overseeing the data center’s construction, is at odds with government contractors about why the so-called arc fault failures happened, much less how to stop them from recurring, project documents indicate.

The Corps’ Tiger Team of experts assigned to investigate and solve technical and systemic problems said in a report last week the contractors’ explanations appeared spurious because the incidents’ causes were “not yet sufficiently understood” to ensure they wouldn’t recur.

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Written by voiceoftruthusa

October 8, 2013 at 4:06 pm

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