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NSA growth fueled by need to target terrorists

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'Twelve years later, the cranes and earthmovers around the National Security Agency are still at work, tearing up pavement and uprooting trees to make room for a larger workforce and more powerful computers. Already bigger than the Pentagon in square footage, the NSA's footprint will grow by an additional 50 percent when construction is complete in a decade. And that's just at its headquarters at Fort Meade, Md. The nation's technical spying agency has enlarged all its major domestic sites -- in Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Texas and Utah -- as well as those in Australia and Britain. Since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, its civilian and military workforce has grown by one-third, to about 33,000, according to the NSA. Its budget has roughly doubled, and the number of private companies it depends on has more than tripled, from 150 to close to 500, according to a 2010 Washington Post count.

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