A former high level NSA technical chief told a conference in London organized by the Centre for Investigative Journalism earlier this month that the goal of the NSA is “total population control.”
William Binney worked as a leading NSA codebreaker during the Cold War, but he left the agency in disgust shortly after the September 11th attacks. According to a report in the Guardian, he recently testified before the German Parliament and told them “that his former employer had a ‘totalitarian mentality’ that was the ‘greatest threat’ to US society since that country’s US Civil War in the 19th century.”
The Guardian reports that during the London conference Binney said the NSA targets pretty much everybody in the world.
“The NSA is mass-collecting on everyone”, he said, “And it’s said to be about terrorism, but inside the US it has stopped zero attacks.”
Binney called the lack of transparency the biggest concern and put the number of violations of the U.S. Constitution in the trillions.
“The FISA court has only the government’s point of view”, he said. “There are no other views for the judges to consider. There have been at least 15-20 trillion constitutional violations for US domestic audiences and you can double that globally.”
According to the Guardian, the former agent says the NSA stores away vast amounts of data, far more than anybody admits.
“At least 80 percent of fibre-optic cables globally go via the US”, Binney said. “This is no accident and allows the US to view all communication coming in. At least 80percent of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the US. The NSA lies about what it stores.”
Binney said a recent Supreme Court opinion asserting a warrant requirement for searching a smart phone was cause for optimism, but I don’t have much faith in the federal courts to ultimately rein in a federal agency. Even the rare good ruling means little when the NSA operates cloaked in nearly complete secrecy. Those of us who value our privacy must find ways outside of the Beltway to hinder the spy agency’s operation and force substantive changes.
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