NSA: Every Step You Take, We’ll be Watching You

(2 pm. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

Cross posted from The Stars Hollow Gazette

Whistleblower: The NSA is Lying-U.S. Government Has Copies of Most of Your Emails

National Security Agency whistleblower William Binney reveals he believes domestic surveillance has become more expansive under President Obama than President George W. Bush. He estimates the NSA has assembled 20 trillion “transactions” – phone calls, emails and other forms of data – from Americans. This likely includes copies of almost all of the emails sent and received from most people living in the United States. Binney talks about Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act and challenges NSA Director Keith Alexander’s assertion that the NSA is not intercepting information about U.S. citizens

This interview is part of a 4-part special. Click here to see segment 1, 2, and 4. [includes rush transcript]

Guests:

William Binney, served in the NSA for over 30 years, including a time as director of the NSA’s World Geopolitical and Military Analysis Reporting Group. Since retiring from the NSA in 2001, he has warned that the NSA’s data-mining program has become so vast that it could “create an Orwellian state.”

Jacob Appelbaum, a computer security researcher who has volunteered with WikiLeaks. He is a developer and advocate for the Tor Project, a network enabling its users to communicate anonymously on the internet.

Laura Poitras, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and producer. She is working on the third part of a trilogy of films about America post-9/11. The first film was My Country, My Country,” and the second was The Oath.

Influential Senator Warned in 1975: “Th[e National Security Agency’s] Capability At Any Time Could Be Turned Around On The American People, And No American Would Have Any Privacy Left …There Would Be No Place To Hide. [If A Dictator Ever Took Over, The N.S.A.] Could Enable It To Impose Total Tyranny, And There Would Be No Way To Fight Back”

by George Washington at naked capitalism

Senator Church’s Prophetic Warning

Senator Frank Church – who chaired the famous “Church Committee” into the unlawful FBI Cointel program, and who chaired the Senate Foreign Relations Committee – said in 1975:

   “Th[e National Security Agency’s]  capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything: telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn’t matter. There would be no place to hide.  [If a dictator ever took over, the N.S.A.] could enable it to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back.

Now, the NSA is building a $2 billion dollar facility in Utah which will use the world’s most powerful supercomputer to monitor virtually all phone calls, emails, internet usage, purchases and rentals, break all encryption, and then store everyone’s data permanently.

The former head of the program for the NSA recently held his thumb and forefinger close together, and said:

   We are, like, that far from a turnkey totalitarian state

So Senator Church’s warning was prophetic.

George goes on to extensively discuss:

  • how “the government’s illegal spying on Americans actually began before 9/11″;
  • that the NSA heard the 9/11 hijackers’ plans from their own mouths and did nothing to stop them;
  • the spying isn’t being done to keep us safe, but to crush dissent and to help the too big to fail businesses compete against smaller businesses;
  • and it isn’t only the NSA but other agencies and “shady foreign groups“.
  • This started in the 1970’s during the Ford administration when Dick Cheney and Donald Rumseld pushed for wiretaps without approval by a judge. It has expanded under each successive president, including the present occupant of the White House who was elected after lying about “fixing” FISA and the Patriot Act.

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      • TMC on April 25, 2012 at 10:54 am
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      • RUKind on April 25, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      I give to a lot of different conservation groups. Those constant pleas alone are helping to clog the NSA system.

      The way I look at it, anything that goes over the net gets archived. It may get scanned for key words. Back in the 80s net days (pre-WWW) some people used a tagline of every seditious act you can imagine – just to clog the works up.

      Realistically, what do you do with e-mails, twits, SMSs, FB postings, etc. from 311 million people in this country alone – and on a 24/7 basis at that. There is such a thing as too much information.

      Back to Orwell – who will watch the watchers? And their watchers? This could lead to full employment. 😉

    1. yes I did see it.  Thursday I believe.  I notice stuff like seeing my real name and county of residence on a form used as a prop in a “newscast” when they were talking about something else.  To be honest my wife picked it up as I normally zone out during lamestream propagandacasts for spiritual purity maintennace purposes and in reply I have to ponder at why you might think I would be worth that type of bother in that vast sea of American Idol fans answering the check your credit score for free junk emails.

      Feedback guys, keywords of the day from this Jedi

      Carrington effect

      Post-modern, eugenics

      Predatory capitalism

      Inside the origins of Area 51 Fame and what it is today, predatory capitalismwise.

      You got that last one right?

      Oh, and hey, the echo chamber effect on the phones is awesome as was the two hour time change you did on one of our guests.  BTW, he is not one of “us” and I don’t care if you can reset the time on his cell phone.  Rethink the outside contractor shit if you please.

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