Downtown Developments: Project Jackson and the NSA

  • Saturday, June 29, 2013

PROJECT JACKSON: “NIMBY,” or “Not in My Back Yard” comes to mind with each article I read or report I hear concerning Jackson Project.

In my studies, this phrase was usually reserved for new prisons to be built or drug halfway houses or some other “unsavory” proposal. According to most books that delve into the subject or if you look it up online, the majority of people agree that the project is needed, but just not close to them – hence the acronym.

Project Jackson is no exception when yet another story aired on the local news on June 16. Those for the project had no trouble expressing themselves on camera, but those opposed, although vocal, did not want their identities revealed. How can anyone take the opposition seriously if many who are opposed are too frightened to step up?

I happen to think that the proof is in the pudding, and looking around at what our city leaders have done for our city since I moved here, I see nothing to complain about. I have faith that they know what they are doing.

MORE ON THE NSA: Last week, I wrote about the information-gathering our National Security Agency is involved in when it comes to citizens and the fact that they are constructing those storage buildings in Utah to house and save it all. I was a bit off.

It isn’t just the gathering of information on U.S. citizens, meaning to me anyone who resides in the states, but, according to Fox News, the intention is to gather and save information on everyone in the world.

Information is power, and I don’t know about you, but it was scary enough thinking our government knows every phone call, conversation, instant message or email we make. Now knowing that about everyone in the world being watched is even scarier when you consider how that information can be used. It has reared its ugly head in the states already with the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of certain groups and individuals, and who knows where else.

If you think about it logically, it could be history repeating itself, only this time they don’t need informants or next door neighbors – they just need a super computer and lots of storage space.

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