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Mar 06, 2013 12:43 |  #1

Surprise Visitors Are Unwelcome At The NSA's Unfinished Utah Spy Center (Especially When They Take Photos)

http://www.forbes.com …a-utah-data-center-visit/ (external link)




  
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Mar 07, 2013 22:29 |  #2

I've heard stories like this surrounding other government buildings. I thought I remember reading something about a DARPA building in Atlanta that couldn't be photographed. However, it was also in the middle of a city and may end up in some photos as a consequence. Not to mention, in that situation a tourist may just happen to find it interesting looking and take a picture not knowing what it is. The same stuff in that story, the photographer was hassled by government agents or contractors. However, in the case of this NSA building, there is nothing else around from the way the story described. There's no other reason to be out there unless it has something to do with that building. However, I think it would be nice if the government would be completely transparent and not hide the kinds of stuff that will be in that building from the US citizens.


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Mar 07, 2013 22:32 |  #3

So what else would you be expecting from a Center under that title?


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Mar 08, 2013 01:26 |  #4

Luxornv wrote in post #15690220 (external link)
I've heard stories like this surrounding other government buildings. I thought I remember reading something about a DARPA building in Atlanta that couldn't be photographed. However, it was also in the middle of a city and may end up in some photos as a consequence. Not to mention, in that situation a tourist may just happen to find it interesting looking and take a picture not knowing what it is. The same stuff in that story, the photographer was hassled by government agents or contractors. However, in the case of this NSA building, there is nothing else around from the way the story described. There's no other reason to be out there unless it has something to do with that building. However, I think it would be nice if the government would be completely transparent and not hide the kinds of stuff that will be in that building from the US citizens.

Failure to hide it from the American people would mean failure to hide it from the enemies of America.

The entire story smacks of "bearding the lion." They knew it was a government installation and moreover, it's an NSA facility. Did they really think they could just roll up and snap away without being challenged? They're either increadibly ballsy or increadibly stupid.

I spend more time near military air bases than do probably most folks and the first rule of such photography is don't let your lens linger inside the fence.

No sympathy from me for getting rousted...


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Mar 08, 2013 06:14 as a reply to  @ FlyingPhotog's post |  #5

Er, surely common sense would spell out taking photographs of a spy centre would be a sensative issue, or have I completely missed the point?


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Mar 08, 2013 06:45 |  #6

Surprise visitors are unwelcome at an NSA "Spy" center? Say it ain't so. The stupidity of people never ceases to amaze me.


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Mar 08, 2013 08:47 |  #7

Nahin wrote in post #15690577 (external link)
I have read and seen, its amazed me, celestial place forever. So what would you do? Whats is plan?

I'd start with reading the signs on the way in, and then I'd turn around and leave.




  
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Mar 08, 2013 12:55 |  #8

As a Citizen of the US and of Utah, I applaud the officers for getting rid of this crazy woman. The way she describes her decision to visit the NSA site tells me she was hoping something like this would happen so she could be outraged at the "evil" government.


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Mar 08, 2013 14:03 |  #9

I gotta believe those NSA guys can just hit a button on a small device in their pocket and erase whatever is on someone's iPad or memory card, and maybe even make them forget their visit to the not-so-secret building.


  
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Mar 08, 2013 14:25 |  #10

That reminds me, I need to check when they are hiring. This would be a cool place to work, I think. It's a 20 min drive from my house.


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Mar 08, 2013 16:54 |  #11

mpix345 wrote in post #15692468 (external link)
I gotta believe those NSA guys can just hit a button on a small device in their pocket and erase whatever is on someone's iPad or memory card, and maybe even make them forget their visit to the not-so-secret building.

They can do better than that, they can hit a button on that same small device and erase you.

I'd tell you about my encounters with them, but I don't think it'd be a good idea.




  
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