10 Years Before Edward Snowden, High-Level NSA Whistleblower Warned Congress About Mass Surveillance by the NSA Against Americans

CBS News Baltimore interviews the original NSA whistleblower: William Binney.

Binney – the high-level NSA executive who created the agency’s mass surveillance program for digital information* – says that he warned Congress more than 10 years ago that the program was being abused to spy on Americans.

CBS notes:

Binney … became concerned that the government was spying on average Americans [soon after 9/11].

“The data that was being taken in was all about United States citizens,” he said. “They’re destroying our democracy is what they’re doing.”

Controversy about the tracking program went public earlier this year when another Maryland man, Edward Snowden, leaked classified documents. However, WJZ has learned Congress may have had a warning about this years ago. That’s when Binney says he first raised concerns his program had been turned against Americans.

“The government can’t admit a mistake,” Binney said. “They have to cover up everything.”

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“I think they’re violating the foundation of this country. The thing that makes this country strong are the rights and freedoms that we have in the Constitution,” he said.

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Binney says he thinks Edward Snowden did a great public service by forcing NSA surveillance into the spotlight.

*Binney’s system protected Americans’ privacy by automatically encrypting information, and it could only be decrypted upon a court order. But the Agency turned this on its head, and left everything decrypted and available for NSA spies – and private contractors – to view.

Binney is a true American hero.

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  • Charlie Primero

    The purpose of the Snowden limited hangout was to increase the credibility of 9/11 truth deniers Glenn Greenwald and Julian Assange.

    • Tonto

      Yes. The truth, that most people who read already knew about, is all out in the open now. People can forget all about the 24/7 spying that is going on, now. And they can forget about all the virtual dossiers that can be created about literally anyone in the country, at the will of the data-collecting (and often-times-enough data-creating), shiftless goons employed by the Homeland Security apparatus.

      We have all been supposedly saved by the phony revelations of Edward Snowden, who is a CIA-NWO disinformation specialist, and who was put on an incredibly contrived media fast-track as if he were the next Lady Gaga being groomed by her show-biz handlers.

      Most Americans have never heard a single Lady Gaga song. And yet most Americans have some idea who Lady Gaga is. Media stories about Lady Gaga are a journalism blight. Exactly the same thing is true about both Julian Assange and Edward Snowden.

      All three are remarkably similar media phenomenon, and each is phonier than the other.

  • JCC

    This is interesting to me for one reason only. Many people that comment on multiple sites regarding Snowden defend the Federal Government and NSA by saying Snowden should have followed the normal whistleblower channels and, because he did not, he is a traitor.

    If he had, it would have taken years for the knowledge to come out, as it has with Binney, Tice, and others.

    A few years ago, if I had mentioned the above two and NSA spying, the average person would have called me a “conspiracy theorist” and asked “why would the government do that? It’s illegal.”.

    Now the average person on the street (except the idiots) fully understands and believes. For that reason they are all, Snowden, Assange, Tice, Binney, and the rest, heroes.

    • Tonto

      You have been sucked into the hype-hole. All these spying programs have long ago been exposed by those who most were being spied upon. Sovereign leaders routinely let out false information, to test to see if their security has been breached. These “heroes” are NSA goons. That’s how they make a living. They’ve all been given a disinformation assignment by their goon-handlers.

      You probably think Lady Gaga is a talented, popular star too. Perhaps she is also a hero?

      I think you have no sense about how many lies are being told, and the vast extent of the deception. Everything that comes through the media is canned for your consumption, or, it just wouldn’t be there in the first place.

      Even here on GW blog, they write tainted articles intended for your consumption. GW Blog is trying to sway your beliefs with much more than tenuous assertions about how things are going in the real world. The descriptive language and phrases are always a bit overblown.

      • JCC

        Please… apparently you did not read what I said. “A few years ago, if I had mentioned the above two and NSA spying, the
        average person would have called me a “conspiracy theorist”.. and many did.

        Now they know, and they believe.

        Why is this a bad thing? Are you saying that that it’s better if they don’t know? Do you actually support NSA spying in secrecy?

        Or are you just a troll for the NSA?

        • Tonto

          “Now they know, and they believe.” And soon enough they will forget their passing outrage, because this is just more of the same, the new normal, if you will.

          When we do not have legislative leaders who are thinkers, we have this sort of erosion of our humanity going on as a result. The problem with Washington D.C. is dope. Literally, there are too many crack-heads in our government.

      • JCC

        Please… apparently you did not read what I said. “A few years ago, if I had mentioned the above two and NSA spying, the
        average person would have called me a “conspiracy theorist”.. and many did.

        Now they know, and they believe.

        Why is this a bad thing? Are you saying that that it’s better if they don’t know? Do you actually support NSA spying in secrecy?

        Or are you just a troll for the NSA?

 

 

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