Jun 10, 2013
The Obama administration has defended federal government snooping on phone calls and emails in the name of preventing terrorism. What the Obama administration has not explained is how extensive this spying is and what it all means.
THAT is better explained by a 40-year veteran of the National Security Agency (NSA), William Binney, who resigned in protest at the end of 2001. He has been speaking out about extensive monitoring of U.S. citizens.
When news broke about a massive domestic surveillance program that collected telephone records on Verizon customers, he stated on Democracy Now: “NSA has been doing all this stuff all along, and it’s been all the companies.”
In a 2012 article in Wired Magazine, Binney explained how the government uses computer programs to look at key words and phrases of phone calls and emails. He explained the government is gathering as much information as it can and storing everything it gathers.
This is data on the entire population, for your entire life.
Any person could end up targeted. The way automated computer systems work, texting about that dog who is “terrorizing” the neighborhood could be taken out of context and bring law enforcement to your door.
Wired also explained that NSA has a new complex in Bluffdale, Utah that will store data. USA Today says it is the largest database ever assembled in the world.
According to fellow NSA whistleblower, Thomas Drake: “The secret surveillance regime really has a hoarding complex....We’re faced with the reality that a government in secret.... is routinely analyzing what is supposed to be private information.”
William Binney added, holding his thumb and forefinger close together: “We are, like, that far from a turnkey totalitarian state.”
Both Drake and Binney have been confronted by FBI agents with guns drawn, questioning them. Both understood the intent was to silence them, but still they speak out.
It couldn’t be more clear. The stance of the U.S. government is that no one is to know much of anything about what the government does, but the government must know everything about you.