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

CBS News Baltimore recently interviewed the original NSA whistleblower: William Binney. (See video below.)

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.”


“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.


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

Washington’s Blog reached out to Binney to see if CBS accurately quoted him, asking:

Is CBS right that you tried to warn Congress 10 years ago?

Binney responded:

Yes, first to Diane Roark (House senior staff assigned to monitor NSA) in late 2001, then, to a House Intel Committee member. Diane also talked to Porter Goss [then-chair of the House Intelligence Committee] and Nancy Pelosi [ranking member on the Intelligence Committee at the time] about it in the same time frame. This to me was the obvious reason Nancy said (when she was speaker) that impeaching George W was off the table. Cause she was part of it from the beginning.

*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 media campaign was to increase the credibility of 9/11 truth deniers Glenn Greenwald and Julian Assange.

    • Bev


  • Charlie Primero

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

  • Tonto

    No one that works for NSA is a hero. These people are nefarious NWO spooks, and disinformation specialists with a specified mission statement, -be all, know all, control all. They are the big eye on the top of the pyramid. To say they are heroes, is like saying half the company of men that fought under Custer at Little Big Horn died heroes as they hunted Plains Indians into extinction.

    The release of this information by Binney and reconfirmation of it by Snowden has positive results for the NSA. It sends a powerful message heard round the world.

    Fully sixty percent of world currency reserves are held in American dollars. Bernanke has greatly expanded the American Empire. NSA is in the business of expanding it even further. Financial power is all about who controls the day-to-day script that is being daily acted out driving financial markets up and down like a see-saw.

    All these recurring NSA disinformation blips are about one thing, controlling the daily script concerning the propounded news that drives financial markets. Snowden is a major actor in the current scheme of things.

    • Jim Payette

      I can see how growing up in the US with the controlled press and major media that we have one could think that working for the CIA or the NSA or the FBI was working for the good of your country. Then after years of seeing what they were actually doing one would want to tell the world what they were really up to. “No matter how paranoid or conspiracy-minded you are, what the government is actually doing is worse than you imagine.” William Blum. Most would be whistleblowers are naive enough so that they give notice through proper channels and are shut up or worse. A few manage to tell the rest of us. I Can’t imagine it was easy for them to admit their basic beliefs about how the world is was in error. However the vast majority of Americans are still so manipulated or caught up in trying to survive or raise their families that these criminal activities continue.