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College Grad Looking For a Job? The NSA Wants YOU!

National Security Agency is recruiting college students to work at its controversial Utah Data Center.

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If you want an indication as to how the surveillance state is growing, take a look at college recruitment by the National Security Agency (NSA). The agency routinely recruits students with internships and scholarships around the United States but now the NSA is looking for employees in the backyard of its controversial Utah Data Center. From KUTV:

Utah Valley University is working with the National Security Agency to help supply new employees for the agency's massive date collection center in Utah County.

UVU has developed a new masters program in cyber security and is working to get special accreditation from the spy agency, in an effort to produce more potential employees for the massive center. A member of the NSA is also on the university's cyber security advising committee.

While little is known about the center and its capacity, privacy advocates warn about the strange bedfellows relationships between academic institutions and spy agencies.

At a public speaking event in Utah in 2015, journalist Glenn Greenwald warned "Educational institutions become nothing more than a training ground for government and military institutions, and that's dangerous for all kinds of reasons. It sort of diverts the central value of academic institutions."

For more on the Utah Data Center watch, "The NSA Wouldn't Let Us in This Building (But We Found Out What's Inside)"

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  1. I never would have gotten my TS/SCI clearance if I had grown up in the social media age. Good luck, kids.

    1. You never have to apply for an NSA position. They already know if you are qualified and interested. They’ll call you.

      1. Nope, did my time at Misawa, Clark, Meade in the Cold War era. We’re done with each other.

  2. Utah Valley University is working with the National Security Agency to help supply new employees for the agency’s massive date collection center in Utah County.

    There are bots on this site working on date collection as well.

    1. Those aren’t bots, those are Mexicans.

      1. But they call them d?tiles.

  3. FBI, CIA, and NSA just love recruiting Mormons.

    1. It eliminates talking classified at the bar.

      1. Or coffee shop.

        The ice cream parlor is where all the Russian spies are in Utah.

  4. OT: Speaking of secrets, Hill-Dawg gives static to the press

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…..6057a16748

    A local reporter in Denver says Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton used a “static noise machine” at a fundraising event to prevent the press and public from hearing her speech.

    The fundraiser was Thursday at the residence of Colorado gov. John Hickenlooper. The event was private, but since it took place outside ? in a tent in Hickenlooper’s yard ? anyone nearby would be able to hear much of what was going on.

    1. I’m guessing she said something disparaging and dismissive of 47% of Democrat voters.

      1. Yeah, I guess she thinks that the public only needs her “Vote for me because I have a vagina!!” speeches.

  5. I know people who’ve worked for defense contractors and government agencies, and the stories they tell about inefficiency and waste are enough to steer me away. But they also tell of security apparatus run amuck, practically blackmailing and extorting them for the most minor security cockups, threatening mainly to fail them just for fun, where appeals are a waste of lots of time, during which you are sidelined and out of the loop, and if you ever did win an appeal and get rinstated, you would be so far behind the curve that they wouldn’t want you back anyway.

    No thanks!

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  7. “Educational institutions become nothing more than a training ground for government and military institutions, and that’s dangerous for all kinds of reasons. It sort of diverts the central value of academic institutions.”

    I’m drawing a blank here – what is the central value of academic institutions if not to produce good little citizens for the greater glory of the motherland?

    1. I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.

      Thomas Jefferson (1820)

      Education is here placed among the articles of public care, not that it would be proposed to take its ordinary branches out of the hands of private enterprise, which manages so much better all the concerns to which it is equal, but a public institution can alone supply those sciences which though rarely called for are yet necessary to complete the circle, all the parts of which contribute to the improvement of the country and some of them to its preservation

      Thomas Jefferson (1806)

      Just sayin…

  8. OT: Anyone see Springsteen cancel a show in Greensboro, NC over the bathroom law?

    1. Here’s something interesting — I was working with an architect this week on a redesign of a section of a hospital ER. Currently the area has two bathrooms, both either/or/unisex, each available to anyone. The architect says it is currently California State Law that if we remodel the area, we have to change those into one male bathroom and one female bathroom.

      So, California politicians are banning any state employee from traveling to North Carolina on business because they won’t allow unisex toilets — yet neither will California!

      Uh-oh.

      1. Reason wrote about this in 2014

        Under the potty parity laws?first passed in California in 1987 and now implicitly incorporated into building code guidelines?public places are required to offer either an equal number of men’s and women’s “water closets” or, more frequently, two female toilets for each male toilet or urinal. Alaska has adopted a 2.7 to 1 ratio; Pittsburgh 3.75 to 1; Texas and Tennesee two to one.
        ….
        Existing buildings shouldn’t be forced into expensive renovations to desegregate gendered bathrooms; nor would I want new laws requiring all places to give up gender-segregated facilities. But doing away with existing laws that force bathroom segregation could go a long way.

        1. Sooooo *technically* Springsteen should be boycotting California.

          But I reckon it’s much easier to play tough with a smaller state like NC.

          1. Someone should inform The Boss.

            1. Someone should inform slap The Boss.

              1. I hope he refunds his fans.

                But I think it’s bush league he puts selective activism over his fans.

              2. Someone should slap The Boss.

                These euphemisms, i swear

      2. except NC DOES allow unisex toilets, it just does not mandate them. And the state measure only impacts public/govt areas. If a private concern wants to have multiple bathrooms with all sorts of configurations, the state won’t stop it.

        This is an example of a lawmaking body creating a problem where none existed – the Charlotte City Council in Feb voted for the “use what you identify as” scheme, and even some of the Dems were against that. This, in a city that is gay-friendly to address a situation that no one was discussing. The governor said there would be a state response within 24 hours of the local ordinance.

    2. Heard it yesterday on the radio.

  9. There’s no liberal-ass sanctimony like sportswriter liberal-ass sanctimony. Not smart enough to be real journalists and not smart enough to know what they are.

    I particularly like how uncomfortable they are with black men having guns. They’re scary, you know?

    Spare me the “guns don’t kill people, people do” Second Amendment mantra today. The gun rights ensured then were part of a time when Minutemen, who had to produce their muskets and powder horns on quick notice, and citizen militias made up the national defense.

    It is almost indisputable that Smith would be alive today if the driver of the Hummer that struck his Mercedes SUV had not had a gun with which to shoot Smith after the pair argued.

    After killing Smith in Wild West America, the assailant also shot his wife, Racquel, in the leg. Smith, 34, was the father of three children.

    1. Are you denying gun violence is currently at EPIDEMIC levels?!

      Comments about gun rights are only to be expected despite the epidemic of gun violence, unlike that in any other nation not in the Third World. Some things will never, ever change.

      1. This is what an epidemic looks like

    2. It’s amazing how the so-called rational liberal mind takes an emotional incident to pen, well, a faux-argument based on emotions.

      He didn’t make one salient point. Unless shrill passes off as an argument now.

      I may be wrong (and thus my entire understanding of American history as first learned), but the ‘right to bear arms’ was never meant to be limited to militiamen. Ever. It was precisely written as intended – the right for people to be armed. A government doesn’t need a law to protect its right to be armed for national defense. This is one of the universally accepted function for government so why would the 2A which was specifically written for individuals be applied as though it was *only* for militia in case of attack? There was no distinction made and, to me, this non-existent distinction is something progressives seem to cling to,

      The U.S. army was formed in 1775 and as such didn’t this implicitly mean it will be armed at all times?

      1. Just to play Devil’s advocate for a bit, IIRC, the standing army of that time was rather small. With that, and the idea of professional police departments not being widespread, it usually fell to ordinary citizens acting under local authority to deal with any problems that might come up.

      2. I’m no Constitutional scholar so I can’t claim to understand what they “meant”, BUT the alternative – and what idiots like this are pushing – is no right to defend oneself, at all. That way lies England et al., where you have a duty to die. Fuck that, and if it takes another amendment to clarify it well let’s do it.

      3. it was meant for individuals and it came on the heels of regular folks taking up arms at what was seen as an oppressive govt tyrannizing its citizens. And never mind the practical application of being armed with regard to hunting for food or being your own enforcement mechanism on your property.

        1. It seems very likely that the “militia” phrase was lifted directly from the Virginia State Constitution

          Virginia: That a well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state, therefore, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that in all cases the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power. Art. I, ? 13 (enacted 1776 without explicit right to keep and bear arms; “therefore, the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” added in 1971).

          1. I just think it’s funny that, gee, militias, and suddenly every liberal is an originalist.

    3. Smith would have been stabbed like Ray Lewis’ victim.

    4. the gun grabbers are incapable of blaming the individual who is involved. It’s always the object, especially with guns, but often with other things, like being overweight is the fault of Big Food instead of the individual who overeats.

    5. This is a subtle argument so pay close attention.

      You can’t have my guns. Fuck you. If you try to take them I will shoot you.

      Think about that carefully.

  10. The architect says it is currently California State Law that if we remodel the area, we have to change those into one male bathroom and one female bathroom.

    Consequences unforeseen!

  11. I particularly like how uncomfortable they are with black men having guns. They’re scary, you know?

    Mikey Bloomberg concurs.

  12. its controversial Utah Data Center

    OK, I’ll bite.

    Would someone *kindly* provide a scenario in which those data have any value at all?

    1. Exactly, there is so much data in there that it’s of no use, unless there is a specific reason to look for a specific thing. Of course, the existence of the specific reason to look through the data means that the problem has already happened, so it won’t prevent a crime from occuring.

      The only actual use is to provide data for politically-motivated witch hunts.

  13. It is almost indisputable that Smith would be alive today if the driver of the Hummer that struck his Mercedes SUV had not had a gun with which to shoot Smith after the pair argued.

    What are the chances the other driver feared for his life?

  14. man if there’s anything grosser than the usual public/private partnerships it’s intelligence agency/college

  15. Obama doesn’t do too well on non-friendly media interviews, like today on Fox News Sunday.

    Obama On Clinton’s Emails: ‘There’s Classified, And Then There’s Classified’

    Edward Snowden’s response tweet: “If only I’d known.”

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