The article below is from Business Insider in 2012. It documents one of the first official sources that claimed the government had sold our rights to “others,” who were wiretapping the entire nation.
The article chronicles decorated intelligence officer, and NSA whistle-blower William Binney’s ostracization, and excommunication from the cult of intelligence, as well as his harassment by the FBI for trying to save the taxpayers FOUR BILLION DOLLARS- but also, that he tried to preserve “Costitutional Liberty,” aka “due process of law, which Americans have not had since 2004.
In 2012, many already knew that the local police were using and abusing massive databases. Many already knew that ‘somehow’ that police, and multi-agency Task Forces had access to cell phones in real time, and that ‘somehow’ they could track “targeted” communications across a city, or across a continent- and into international jurisdictions (Hi Toronto!)- and that they could repeat back selected words and phrases just to let them know they are watching.
While these people didn’t have a ‘name’ for it them, we now know it is the current sate of affairs where Fusion Centers were spying on citizens in local environments outside the view of any court, and outside the view of due process of law, and without respect for the Bill of Rights.
These people have a name- they are “targeted individuals,” and here is where the world began to know what “TI’s” knew as far back as 2003-4:
NSA Whistleblower Says The Feds Are Gathering Data On Nearly Every US Citizen
The government has been collecting data on nearly every U.S. citizen and assembling webs of their relationships, National Security Agency whistleblower William Binney told the Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE) conference last week.
Binney worked for the Defense Department’s foreign signals intelligence agency for 32 years before resigning in late 2001 because he “could not stay after the NSA began purposefully violating the Constitution,” according to a statement he made in court records.
On April 20 he gave his first interview after resigning to Democracy Now!, asserting that the FBI raided his home after he blew the whistle on the NSA’s extensive spying on Americans.
On July 2 Binney, along with two other former NSA employees, agreed to provide evidence in the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s lawsuit that alleges the U.S. government operates an illegal mass surveillance program (i.e. Jewel vs. NSA).
His sworn declaration of facts that he’s willing to testify to are both telling and scary:
• In the ’90s Binney supervised the development of a NSA program called “Thin Thread” that was designed to identify international networks of connections between people from their internet communications. Since one side of the communications was domestic, the program encrypted the data so as to protect the privacy of U.S. citizens until a warrant could be obtained.
• After 9/11 all safeguards went out the window as “the individual liberties preserved in the U.S. Constitution were no longer a consideration.” Members of his Thin Thread team began implementing a program called the President’s Surveillance Program (PSP), which collected domestic electronic communications traffic without any privacy protections.
• The NSA began seizing and storing most electronic communications passing through 10 to 20 wiretapping rooms in key telecommunication points throughout the country where all data must pass in order to move from one party’s network to another’s, allowing the government to identify and analyze any individual or group through a searchable database.
• Binney cites the $1.2 billion Utah data center currently being built and the new supercomputing center at the NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland, pointing out that the immense size and computing power of these facilities far exceeds the capacity necessary for storing targeted communications but is “consistent, as a mathematical matter, with seizing both the routing information and the contents of all electronic communications.”
In a nutshell Binney states – with considerable authority – that the NSA has been conducting comprehensive surveillance on U.S. citizens for more than a decade.