Used government laptops will now be made available for sale to the public with the recent computer upgrade of the NSA system made possible by the "budget surplus".
The NSA (National Security Administration) laptop PC's will be the first government computers to be sold via the new computer recycling program.
This program promises to enable low income people to purchase a fully functional PC from the government for educational use.
In order for the government to offer these computers at such a low price, purchasers must delete the government files from the computers themselves. NSA officials had in the past spent more money
destroying information on decommissioned computers than the machines were worth.
With this new plan, the computers can be put to use (instead of languishing in a federal storage facility) while the NSA can return the money previously spent to destroy classified documents to congress for use with entitlement programs.
The NSA laptops should be available this October and feature Pentium-2 CPU, large hard drives, full multimedia, case, and a special wiretap enabled modem.
They are scheduled to sell for $50 ($70 with leather case) and purchasers will be required to sign a statement that they will delete all sensitive government documents and software from the machine within 2 weeks of purchase, and that they will not use the wiretap mode of the internal modem.
Purchasers need not prove low income status, or citizenship. Limit of 5 per customer.