NSA Whistleblower: Everyone in US under digital surveillance, Trillions of Messages Stored

National Security Agency whistle-blower William Binney explains how the NSA puts all the electronic communications of all Americans under constant surveillance and then stores zetabytes of data permanently.

RT reports:

Binney says that social networks analysis is being carried out on all Americans, and that if for any reason the clique in charge of the government decides to target an individual, they can go back and analyze the electronic records on him or her for damning information.

Presumably, this is what the Bush White House asked the intelligence community to do to yours truly. (See James Risen’s article here).

Binney refered to Boeing’s NARUS traffic analyzer, which we know the telcoms allowed the Bush administration to run on all our communications.

8 Responses

  1. The concept of NSA surveiilance has been litigated extensively in the Detroit court system. In 1972, Abdeen Jabara, a University of Michigan alumnus, filed suit in the U.S. District Court, with the legal assistance of the ACLU. Jabara had served as legal counsel to Sirhan Sirhan and later became executive director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. A series of legal opinions were issued, see e.g. Jabara versus Webster, 691 F2d 272 (6th Cir 1982), and other published law which established legal precedent on the Fourth Amendment, the Freedom of Information Act, and federal eavesdroping statutes.

    In the last several years, the ECHELON eavesdropping program of the NSA was fought by the ACLU in the same federal court in Detroit and Judge Anna Diggs-Taylor had held that it violated the Fourth Amendment, however the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed her decision. Judge Diggs-Taylor in the 1960s had been in the famous Selma/Montgomery march with MLK and other civil rights activists of that era.

    Mr.Binney is absolutely correct. The powers that be in Washington shall have a vast reservoir of information to damage virtually any political opponent. The ACLU should be fighting this tooth-and-nail. When 1998 Michigan Democratic gubernatorial nominee Geoffrey Fieger went on trial in federal court in Detroit for alleged campaign violations and was defended by Gerry Spence, there was testimony that the FBI questioned his secretary on any extramarital affairs he may have had. A juror that was questioned following his acquittal indicated he felt that the government may have been out to get Fieger. Surveillance and investigation often uncovers legal but embarrassing material and safeguards must be enforced against our government.

  2. This invasion of privacy has no place in a democracy. It’s a symptom of America’s descent into fascism.

    When coupled with the president’s assertion that he can order the detention, torture, and execution of anyone, anywhere, without due process, we have the legal basis for the totalitarian state of Stalin, here in America.

    This anti-democratic corruption of the Constitution has broad bipartisan support. Yet another reason I vote Green Party.

  3. Think of this as an automated and highly efficient Stasi, where every move by everybody can be logged, creating a full history of every keystroke and move they make (cellphone tracking records). At whatever point an individual becomes of interest there will a polished program that can pull their “file” and produce it in a form tailored to the needs of the investigator.

    Any one person can become a threat to the system or person/party in power at some point, in some way, so there needs to be this ultimate flexibility. Indeed, A Brave New World, but unlike in the nasty old days, it can all be done without anyone noticing, if not oblivious to be monitored (Petraeus apparently didn’t know better, although at CIA he was only an administrator).

    The only potential weak link in this system is people link Binney, or Bradley Manning wannabes, so pay close attention to what happens to them.

  4. So, that’s an easy 300 million-ish wiretaps, in effect, domestically. Tack on to the little tidbit of our dearly beloved DHS ordering and purchasing about 1.5 BILLION rounds of ammunition and then, just for conjecture’s sake and, say, fun, fill in the blanks, add a third point, connect the dots. Meanwhile, work to achieve enlightenment for your own sake and that of others, and – have a nice day.

  5. This isn’t new from Binney. It is more a continuing confirmation of a technological totalitarian state now firmly ensconced, enabled, and quietly operational in American government. There can no longer be any pretense that this effort is about terrorism. It is about a government collecting information on its own citizens, to be accumulated and saved for the day when government, or more exactly, someone in the gov’ment, feels the need to protect itself (himself) from its own citizens, or gain from their neutralization. Then when the target is chosen there is no problem or time lag to obtain “evidence” to neutralize the target, no time consuming and obstructive legal process. And it isn’t just here. Australian surveillance up 20% in one year:
    link to rt.com

    The only skill a techno-authoritarian needs to rise in this system is the ability to take offense at just about anything. That is the effective end of law by the people.

  6. Individuals remember that we own ourselves and no one else. It doesn’t mean that Government will not try to trample on our rights to be fully free. But the more that more of us remember that we did not come into being to be owned and controlled, then the less of our freedom to be we’ll allow.

  7. This is a reason why website operators should turn on privacy by default. It’s not terribly difficult, reasonably cheap, and the civic benefits are very significant. See link to goo.gl

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