We've... known what those buildings look like for 20 years. Anyone who lives in the DC / MD / VA area knows what those buildings look like and have for years. There's even a freaking exit from the highway and a shuttle bus downtown from some of them.
That second story is just hype and flashy nighttime photos.
The first one is interesting, but also known. "Oh no, the NSA is involved with assassinations?!" Watch 24, the show starring Keifer Sutherland, and nobody's surprised about THAT, either.
In fact, while I think this whole thing is atrocious, if you go back in time to when shows like 24 were on, you'd see large scale american support for the fictional CTU's datagathering, warrantless wiretaps, warrantless detention, torture, kidnapping, false flag operations, drone usage, and citizen assassination. I remember many coworkers griping about how "If CTU were real, we wouldn't have a terrorist problem anymore."
Now we fast forward 5-7 years, and guess what? We've been doing what CTU did all along, and it's suddenly a "travesty"?
I know, I'm rambling about a TV show, but that TV show was popular, and the people in washington watched that show too, and listened to what the fans of that show said.