“I don’t attach too much importance to whether the facility’s up and running or not,” said Rebecca Jeschke, digital rights analyst for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. “We just don’t know enough about it to be able to weigh in on it at all, which is part of the problem with the NSA program overall. The government simply hasn’t been truthful about what’s going on.”
Jeschke said it’s logical to assume the Utah facility is needed to store the massive amounts of data the NSA is collecting. She says she’s less concerned about the facility’s specific capabilities than she is about the implications of its existence.