William Binney is an NSA Whistleblower who did it “the right way” as critics of Edward Snowden like to say. Binney was old-school and this was before we knew they were monitoring us.
William Binney – one of the best mathematicians and code breakers in NSA history – resigned on October 31, 2001, after more than 30 years with the NSA when he became disillusioned with what the agency was involved in. He was disgusted by Washington’s move towards mass surveillance, and wanted to speak out about the NSA and the U.S. government’s illegal actions regarding the privacy of it’s citizens.
He was assured his bosses and the Feds would protect him.
Along with along with J. Kirk Wiebe and Edward Loomis, he asked the U.S. Defense Department to investigate the NSA – effectively becoming a whistleblower. He went to his superiors, trying to get the word out that the NSA was violating the constitutional rights of Americans. He didn’t flee to Russia or China.
Binney did things “the right way” and you know what he got for his efforts?
The Government accused him of leaking state secrets. The FBI raided his house with a dozen agents armed with rifles, one of whom entered the bathroom and pointed his gun at Binney, still towelling off from a shower. They searched his home, frightened his family, confiscated his property – including business computers, filled with private information on companies having nothing to do with any of it.
A federal investigation of Binney exonerated him on all charges, but not before his consulting business, his livelihood and his way of life was destroyed by the government’s actions.
Binney was slandered, harassed – his reputation destroyed and his family maligned. Meanwhile, the NSA grew exponentially and became more secretive. Nothing was done as a result of Binney and the other’s claims. Binney was a leading code-breaker against the Soviet Union during the Cold War – a good man and patriot who saw wrongdoing and wanted it stopped.
Instead, he was stopped by the dark forces inside our own gates – yet, people today have the gall to criticize Edward Snowden because he fled the country and “didn’t do it the right way”? Snowden knew all too well what happened to Binney – can you blame him?
And believe me, we do not know what’s yet to come.
In the meantime, on 5 July Binney spoke at a conference in London on the extent of the surveillance programs developed and put into play by the Bush and Obama administrations.
“The NSA lies about what it stores,” Binney said.
“At least 80% of fibre-optic cables globally go via the US, so at least 80% of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the US. This is no accident.”
His conclusion? “The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control”
When you ask Binney what he thinks of Snowden getting away from the Feds before he went public, he’s supportive, predictably and feels that if he would have taken supporting documents as well – the feds wouldn’t have been able to destroy him so easily.
Fact is, we wouldn’t know about any of these blatant unconstitutional going’s on by the NSA if it weren’t for Snowden – so love him or hate him – you owe him at least that.
The latest Snowden leaks in the Washington Post, detail private conversations of average Americans with no connection to extremism.
It shows that the NSA is not just pursuing terrorism, as it claims, but ordinary citizens going about their daily communications.
“The NSA is mass-collecting on everyone,” Binney says, “and it’s said to be about terrorism but inside the US it has stopped zero attacks.”
And finally: “The NSA has a totalitarian mentality that was the greatest threat to US society since the Civil War.” This is not me, not Edward Snowden, or a crazed conspiracy freak on talk radio, no:
… These are the words of someone who was there for 30 years and tried in vain to stop it.
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Remember: They have all your old private phone calls, texts and emails, too – all stored and ready to roll out when needed. Think I’m paranoid? Five years ago I would have though so too.
How long before there’s a 1-800 number to call when you’ve spoken to a “racist” or an “anti-government” or “Tea Party” sympathizer on the phone you want to report?