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The city of Bluffdale, Utah, gave the National Security Agency a sweetheart deal on water. According to a Nov. 28 story in the Salt Lake Tribune, the town extended the NSA discounted rates below its own guidelines and the average in Utah to secure a contract with the spy agency. Bluffdale also issued a $3.5 million bond to pay for new water lines and infrastructure to supply the sprawling data center.
The NSA is expected to use an estimated 1.7 million gallons of water per day to cool its spy computers.
Bluffdale officials say the water deal was all in the name of economic development, and the new infrastructure will open the door to growth in the area around the spy center.
"It got us a ton of infrastructure, water infrastructure, in places we wouldn't have it," Bluffdale City Manager Mark Reid told the Salt Lake Tribune.
Tenth Amendment Center national communications director Mike Maharrey said he understands the desire to spur economic development, but not at any cost. "Claiming economic development doesn't automatically justify every action," he said. "How would people react if it was 1943 and the city was supplying water to an internment camp caging Japanese-Americans? It's really the same thing. The NSA is blatantly violating basic rights protected by the Constitution. The city is selling out its own citizens, the people of Utah and all of America for a few economic development dollars. It's pretty disgusting when you think about it." http://offnow.org/2013/11/29/nsa-gets-sweetheart-water-deal-utah-town/