CLBR #142: The Original NSA Whistleblower, RipOffReport and a Royal Audience

 

CLBR # 142 featured an interview with William Binney, a longtime veteran of the NSA and whistleblower who spoke out two years before Edward Snowden.  Binney joins us after his return from testifying at the Bundestag on the NSA program.

We also cover breaking news on RipOffReport.com and a break in with the Queen.

(1) PREVIEW VIDEO

(2) AUDIO

Briney (3)  BIO

William Binney (along with his colleague and business partner J. Kirk Wiebe) are National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblowers who worked at the agency in excess of 36 years. As Technical Director, Binney developed a revolutionary information processing system called ThinThread that, arguably, could have detected and prevented the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but NSA officials ignored the program in favor of Trailblazer, a program that not only ended in total failure, but cost taxpayers billions of dollars.

Concerned over national security, Binney and Wiebe blew the whistle on the mismanagement over Trailblazer, using internal channels to share their concerns with Congress and the Department of Defense Inspector General (DoD IG). Despite their efforts, no one was held accountable at NSA for one of the worst intelligence failures in history. Little did they know at the time, Binney and Wiebe would face harsh retaliation from NSA for their efforts to make the truth known.

After the failure of U.S. intelligence to prevent the events of 9/11, the NSA wrongfully applied a component of the ThinThread system to illegally spy on the private communications of U.S. citizens. Unable to stay at the NSA any longer in good conscience, Binney and Wiebe retired in October 2001. After retiring, Binney and Wiebe continued to blow the whistle from outside the agency. GAP provided Binney and Wiebe with legal advice on whistleblowing matters and assisted them with media and public advocacy.

Since that time, Binney and Wiebe have made several key disclosures crucial to the ongoing public debate about America’s national security state, such as the first public description of NSA’s massive domestic spying program, Stellar Wind, which intercepts domestic communications without protections for US citizens. Binney revealed that NSA has been given access to telecommunications companies’ domestic and international billing records, and that since 9/11 the agency has intercepted between 15 and 20 trillion communications. Binney further disclosed that Stellar Wind was grouped under the patriotic-sounding “Terrorist Surveillance Program” in order to give cover to its constitutionally-questionable nature.

– See more at: http://whistleblower.org/bio-william-binney-and-j-kirk-wiebe#sthash.6BZpaSFo.dpuf

 (4) NEW YORK TIMES: THE PROGRAM

(5)  IOWA DISTRICT ATTORNEY TAKES ON RIPOFF REPORT

DETAILS

 

 

(6)  NSA REFORM REPORT CARD

 

Privacy Groups Rate Lawmakers on NSA Reformreport card

“We believe that people have a right to know whether their members of Congress are doing their jobs and helping to end mass spying,” the groups said on the new site housing the scorecard.

“Our scorecard shines a light on all members of Congress, allowing citizens of the Internet to see whether their elected representatives stand as champions or roadblocks to real surveillance reform.”

Of the included lawmakers, 241 received an “A,” 188 received an “F” and 77 received a question mark, indicating a lack of significant involvement in the debate.

 (7) TODAY IN HISTORY

AN AUDIENCE WITH THE QUEEN

WASHINGTON ORDERS THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE READ

1600456107_e32533d166_m HAPPY BIRTHDAY DARON

 

 

 

 

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