Top Spying Experts Explain Why You Should Oppose Spying … Even Though You’ve Done Nothing Wrong

Surveillance Can be Used to Frame You If Someone In Government Happens to Take a Dislike to You … Last Chance to Stop “Turnkey Tyranny”

Top NSA whistleblower William Binney – the former head of the National Security Agency’s global digital data gathering program – has repeatedly explained that just because you “haven’t done anything wrong” doesn’t mean you can’t be severely harmed by spying:

The problem is, if they think they’re not doing anything that’s wrong, they don’t get to define that. The central government does.

Binney explains that the government is storing everything, and creating a searchable database … to be used whenever it wants, for any purpose it wants (even just going after someone it doesn’t like).

And he notes that the government will go after anyone who is on its enemies list:

If you ever get on their enemies list, like Petraeus did, then you can be drawn into that surveillance.

Binney recently held his thumb and forefinger close together, and said:

We are, like, that far from a turnkey totalitarian state

Similarly, in response to the question, “why should people care about surveillance?”, the whistleblower source of the Guardian’s disclosures on phone and Internet spying – Edward Snowden – said:

Because even if you’re not doing anything wrong you’re being watched and recorded. And the storage capability of these systems increases every year consistently by orders of magnitude … to where it’s getting to the point where you don’t have to have done anything wrong. You simply have to eventually fall under suspicion from somebody – even by a wrong call. And then they can use this system to go back in time and scrutinize every decision you’ve ever made, every friend you’ve ever discussed something with. And attack you on that basis to sort to derive suspicion from an innocent life and paint anyone in the context of a wrongdoer.

[If people don't oppose the surveillance state now] it will be turnkey tyranny.

In 1975, Senator Frank Church said about the NSA:

I know the capacity that is there to make tyranny total in America, and we must see to it that this agency and all agencies that possess this technology operate within the law and under proper supervision, so that we never cross over that abyss. That is the abyss from which there is no return.

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  • gozounlimited

    The only difference between the secretive PRISM project and CISPA is that under CISPA personal data will be given to the civilian Department of Homeland Security and the Pentagon by communications companies instead of the NSA. Like that matters.

    CISPA Will Legalize PRISM Spy Program (Activist Post)…… read here:

  • linda barnett

    What if snowden is a patsy, and this whole thing is just an attempt to get control
    Over the nsa by the dhs/fbi/cia? Something is not right about the snowden thing.
    He has not released any info that really helps the american people, it just
    Discredits the nsa. I see him as heroic, don’t get that wrong, but beginning
    To think there is something more going on.

    • Litchfield

      Very interesting point. The Petraeus affair certainly had some people thinking it was part of an interagency struggle—someone was out to get Petraeus, or the CIA. It certainly looks as though the NSA has a trump card with its massive centers, including in Bluffdale. Perhaps the NSA poses a threat to the CIA and the CIA has a dog in the race of shining a spotlight on the NSA and thereby reducing their power and leverage. Is Obama caught between the two? Not sure where his loyalties, or his interests, lie? Ont thing is for sure: Obama is a shady and very glib (though his “articulateness” is starting to wear thin) character and he could well be a long-term plant. Recall how Willi Brandt was brought down.

  • Finnnnn

    Not that NSA has ever hired any rouge employees, but I am interested in what a potential rouge employee could do with the information gathered. Could the metadata alone allow a statistician to perform the equivalent of insider trading? Could someone get embarrassing information illegally that would lead them to further enquiries, slightly altering the target’s position on a selected topic? It could be nice to know ahead of time which company was going to win a bid on a major construction project. I’m thinking there are a large number of things that could be done with the information depending on the goals of the rouge employee. I know they are not interested in my data, but when one person gets rich on the stock market, someone else has to lose.

  • GodsGurl

    So what do you do if they attack you? Who do you turn to?

    • Lou Reed

      Who do you mean, the NSA? They (and many other government agencies) ALREADY ARE targeting people! Don’t believe me? Search the Internet for ‘Targeted Individuals’ and ‘Organized Stalking/Gangstalking.’ You’ll find countless stories of what it’s like to be targeted by what many believe are a continuation of the supposedly ‘defunct’ COINTELPRO and MKULTRA programs run by the FBI and CIA.

      I know, because I’m one of tens of thousands of Americans whom they’ve targeted. I have been under incredibly invasive surveillance for NO reason and I’ve committed NO crime. I’ve had my house repeatedly burgled, I’ve been drugged/poisoned, harassed, threatened, and far worse. They framed me for several felonies after having a stranger attack me with an axe. THIS is what’s going on “The Land of the Free!”

      I wouldn’t have believed it in a million years if it hadn’t happened to me, personally. I used to believe the government was so inept that they couldn’t even tie their collective shoe laces… It’s truly sad, but we should have seen it coming. I laugh a sad laugh every time someone mentions “the external threat of terrorism.” The real terror is coming from within, and it’s being carried out by Americans. If they do these kinds of things to innocent Americans, I don’t want to imagine what they do to foreign nationals.

      You asked who a person could turn to for help if they were to find themselves targeted? It’s been my (and many others) experience that there is NO ONE who can help! I’ve filed FOIA requests, I’ve contacted the ACLU, attorneys, and anyone else I could think of. All to no avail. We targets quickly realized that any attempts to get help, only lead to being labeled “mentally unsound,” creating even more problems than we already have. These programs were certainly developed with this in mind. I can only hope America wakes up before it’s too late!

      • R. InOahu

        I can attest that everything “Lou Reed” said in his post is indeed happening. I have also been targeted. I am no criminal. I am not a terrorist. I am a single mom. I am not perfect but I have done nothing to deserve the invasive surveillance and criminal monitoring of my computer, emails, phones, vehicles, sabotaged relationships, smear campaigns, anonymous letters and phone calls to friends and family, gag orders on friends and family etc….Look up Jane Clift (blacklisting) and modern COINTELPRO. It’s Stasi on steroids using crisis actors and surveillance role players (hired by Masy Group, Lockheed Martin and many others) who also participate in street theater stalking. See 3 in hawaii blogspot . Mahalo to all targeted individuals for speaking out and not being silenced.

        • Lou Reed

          Thanks for confirming what we targets know all too well. I hope things improve for you soon. Speaking out is absolutely the right thing to do! I’ll check out your blog, too.

  • Old Wolf

    If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him. — Richelieu