Exclusive: High-Level NSA Whistleblower Says Blackmail Is a Huge – Unreported – Part of Mass Surveillance

The Untold Story In the NSA Spying Scandal: Blackmail

It is well-documented that governments use information to blackmail and control people.

The Express reported last month:

British security services infiltrated and funded the notorious Paedophile Information Exchange in a covert operation to identify and possibly blackmail establishment figures, a Home Office whistleblower alleges.

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Whistleblower Mr X, whose identity we have agreed to protect, became a very senior figure in local government before retiring a few years ago.

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He has given a formal statement to that effect to detectives from Operation Fernbridge ….

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“And he said [the pedophile group] was being funded at the request of Special Branch which found it politically useful to identify people who were paedophiles….”

Section 11 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885 made gross indecency a crime in the United Kingdom, which included male gay sex.  The Amendment was so frequently used to blackmail gay Brits that it was dubbed the “Blackmailer’s Charter“.

There is widespread speculation that Pope Benedict resigned because of sexual blackmail.

And the American government has a long history of blackmailing people – including high-level officials- with knowledge of their sexual peccadilloes.

Wikipedia notes:

The Lavender Scare refers to the fear and persecution of homosexuals in the 1950s in the United States, which paralleled the anti-communist campaign known as McCarthyism.

Because the psychiatric community regarded homosexuality as a mental illness, gay men and lesbians were considered susceptible to blackmail ….

Former U.S. Senator Alan K. Simpson has written: “The so-called ‘Red Scare’ has been the main focus of most historians of that period of time. A lesser-known element . . . and one that harmed far more people was the witch-hunt McCarthy and others conducted against homosexuals.”

FBI head Hoover was famous for blackmailing everyone … including politicians.  The New York Times reports:

J. Edgar Hoover compiled secret dossiers on the sexual peccadillos and private misbehavior of those he labeled as enemies — really dangerous people like … President John F. Kennedy, for example.

Alfred McCoy – Professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison – provides details:

Upon taking office on Roosevelt’s death in early 1945, Harry Truman soon learned the extraordinary extent of FBI surveillance. “We want no Gestapo or Secret Police,” Truman wrote in his diary that May. “FBI is tending in that direction. They are dabbling in sex-life scandals and plain blackmail.”

After a quarter of a century of warrantless wiretaps, Hoover built up a veritable archive of sexual preferences among America’s powerful and used it to shape the direction of U.S. politics.  He distributed a dossier on Democratic presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson’s alleged homosexuality to assure his defeat in the 1952 presidential elections, circulated audio tapes of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s philandering, and monitored President Kennedy’s affair with mafia mistress Judith Exner. And these are just a small sampling of Hoover’s uses of scandal to keep the Washington power elite under his influence.

“The moment [Hoover] would get something on a senator,” recalled William Sullivan, the FBI’s chief of domestic intelligence during the 1960s, “he’d send one of the errand boys up and advise the senator that ‘we’re in the course of an investigation, and we by chance happened to come up with this data on your daughter…’ From that time on, the senator’s right in his pocket.” After his death, an official tally found Hoover had 883 such files on senators and 722 more on congressmen.

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With a few hundred cable probes and computerized decryption, the NSA can now capture the kind of gritty details of private life that J. Edgar Hoover so treasured and provide the sort of comprehensive coverage of populations once epitomized by secret police like East Germany’s Stasi. And yet, such comparisons only go so far.

After all, once FBI agents had tapped thousands of phones, stenographers had typed up countless transcripts, and clerks had stored this salacious paper harvest in floor-to-ceiling filing cabinets, J. Edgar Hoover still only knew about the inner-workings of the elite in one city: Washington, D.C.  To gain the same intimate detail for an entire country, the Stasi had to employ one police informer for every six East Germans — an unsustainable allocation of human resources. By contrast, the marriage of the NSA’s technology to the Internet’s data hubs now allows the agency’s 37,000 employees a similarly close coverage of the entire globe with just one operative for every 200,000 people on the planet.

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In the Obama years, the first signs have appeared that NSA surveillance will use the information gathered to traffic in scandal, much as Hoover’s FBI once did. In September 2013, the New York Times reported that the NSA has, since 2010, applied sophisticated software to create “social network diagrams…, unlock as many secrets about individuals as possible…, and pick up sensitive information like regular calls to a psychiatrist’s office, late-night messages to an extramarital partner.”

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By collecting knowledge — routine, intimate, or scandalous — about foreign leaders, imperial proconsuls from ancient Rome to modern America have gained both the intelligence and aura of authority necessary for dominion over alien societies. The importance, and challenge, of controlling these local elites cannot be overstated. During its pacification of the Philippines after 1898, for instance, the U.S. colonial regime subdued contentious Filipino leaders via pervasive policing that swept up both political intelligence and personal scandal. And that, of course, was just what J. Edgar Hoover was doing in Washington during the 1950s and 1960s.

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According to James Bamford, author of two authoritative books on the agency, “The NSA’s operation is eerily similar to the FBI’s operations under J. Edgar Hoover in the 1960s where the bureau used wiretapping to discover vulnerabilities, such as sexual activity, to ‘neutralize’ their targets.

The ACLU’s Jameel Jaffer has warned that a president might “ask the NSA to use the fruits of surveillance to discredit a political opponent, journalist, or human rights activist. The NSA has used its power that way in the past and it would be naïve to think it couldn’t use its power that way in the future.” Even President Obama’s recently convened executive review of the NSA admitted: “[I]n light of the lessons of our own history… at some point in the future, high-level government officials will decide that this massive database of extraordinarily sensitive private information is there for the plucking.”

Indeed, whistleblower Edward Snowden has accused the NSA of actually conducting such surveillance.  In a December 2013 letter to the Brazilian people, he wrote, “They even keep track of who is having an affair or looking at pornography, in case they need to damage their target’s reputation.” If Snowden is right, then one key goal of NSA surveillance of world leaders is not U.S. national security but political blackmail — as it has been since 1898.

Today, the NSA tracks people’s porn-viewing habits in order to discredit activists.  The NSA also gathers and keeps nude and suggestive photos of people in order to blackmail them.

The Associated Press notes:

The stockpiling of sexually explicit images of ordinary people had uncomfortable echoes of George Orwell’s “Nineteen Eighty-Four,” where the authorities — operating under the aegis of “Big Brother” — fit homes with cameras to monitor the intimate details of people’s home lives.

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The collection of nude photographs also raise questions about potential for blackmail. America’s National Security Agency has already acknowledged that half a dozen analysts have been caught trawling databases for inappropriate material on partners or love interests. Other leaked documents have revealed how U.S. and British intelligence discussed leaking embarrassing material online to blacken the reputations of their targets.

FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds alleged under oath that a recently-serving Democratic Congresswoman was secretly videotaped – for blackmail purposes  – during a lesbian affair. (Other Congress members have been blackmailed as well.)

Edmonds tells Washington’s Blog that judges who are too “squeaky clean” are often not approved for nomination … while ones with skeletons in their closets are. And she says that high-level FBI managers have publicly confirmed this blackmail process.

There have been allegations of blackmail of gay activities within the U.S. armed forces for years.

And even the raw data on American citizens collected by the NSA is shared with Israel.  This likely includes Congress members and other politicians, as well.

Bill Binney – the NSA’s senior technical director and head of the agency’s global digital information gathering program – told Washington’s Blog:

Bulk collection of everything gives law enforcement all the data they need on every citizen in the country.  And, it gives NSA all that info on everyone too.  Makes them akin to a J. Edgar Hoover on super steroids.

Binney explained to us the importance of this story:

Being able to blackmail people is one major aspect of bulk/mass collection that has not been talked about. E.g., they could use this data to blackmail members of governments around the world. But, surely just to get them to do what they wanted them to do. Just like J. Edgar Hoover did.

This is on top of the ability to do world-wide industrial espionage.

Indeed, Binney tells us that the NSA’s blackmail tactics are the same as those used by the KGB and Stasi:

This is just one of the ways to make controlling people possible.  Standard KGB/Stasi tactics.

(Binney told the Guardian recently: “The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control.”)

And Binney tells Washington’s Blog that NSA surveillance allows the government to target:

  • “[CIA head] General Petraeus and General Allen and others like [New York State Attorney General] Elliot Spitzer”
  • “Supreme Court Judges, other judges, Senators, Representatives, law firms and lawyers, and just anybody you don’t like … reporters included”

NSA whistleblower Russell Tice (a key source in the 2005 New York Times report that blew the lid off the Bush administration’s use of warrantless wiretapping), also says:

  • The NSA is spying on and blackmailing its overseers in Washington, as well as Supreme Court judges, generals and others
  • The agency started spying on Barack Obama when he was just a candidate for the Senate

And senior NSA executive Thomas Drake explains to Washington’s Blog that the NSA can use information gathered from mass surveillance to frame anyone it doesn’t like.

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  • Old Libertarian

    Even since before Mister Snowden confirmed what many of us intuitively “knew,” I’ve been asking people why do they think that ALL our elected representative never vote the will of We The People. They never know or suggest lobbyists – which may have some minor influence. However… When I tell them that they are all blackmailed and that is the real purpose of storing all communications, not just the meta data; and probably a whole lot more of what they do not intend to communicate by is picked up by their smart phones, cell phones and many other devices, they get that deer in the headlights look.

    Thanks for exposing this.

    OL

  • jadan

    This issue appeals across society’s boundary lines. Libertarians sound the alarm, and eventually the idolaters of the status quo at the chamber of commerce begin to fidget. Why does Diane Feinstein do all she can to defend the totalitarian agenda of the NSA? What happened to this SF liberal? Obviously she’s being black mailed. It is a good bet that any and all political figures who defend the NSA are under some pressure to do so. There are a few who are actual fascists, usually those who have wealth and power already and regard those who don’t as natural weaklings & slaves, but the majority who voted for the DHS and support the treason of the NSA are being coerced. If there is one NSA operative for every 200k people, that’s a far better ratio than members of congress have who each represent about 650k people or more. It is not too difficult to engineer the political direction of 200k people.

    Eventually, one hopes the knowledge of the encroaching totalitarian control will become so onerous to enough people that the NSA will be publicly castrated. It’s budget will be gutted when members of congress stand up and say publicly that they are being threatened. Oversight will be imposed and the spy operation, along with CIA, FBI, and other elements of the secret police apparatus will be finally subject to control. It is time to shine a bright light on these corrupt denizens of the darkness and put the national security state out of business. It is destroying out nation. No one is more secure because a secret government is permitted to give full reign to its paranoid imagination.

  • ClubToTheHead

    Hoover’s name is still on the FBI building.

    He is still honored after all the revelations of his crimes.

    Therefore, nothing has changed and don’t expect it to.

  • fred54

    Where the surprise here, of course blackmail and corporate espionage is the what the NSA
    does, it’s all it does.

  • Franz Von Steuben-Ausgburg

    Americans still believe in the paradigm that they are free, when the reality
    is the opposite and the US Constitution implicitly define them as subservients.

    Remember that this document is a summarized compendium of British Common
    Law,

    Admiralty Law and Canon Law (being the latter issued by the express guidelines
    and orders of the Vatican – read the communications between His Holiness Pope
    Pius VI and Benjamin Franklin); the framers wanted to make sure that the
    ignorant masses living within the circumscribed territories of the United
    States of America remain under such condition – their ulterior and ultimate
    goal.

    Additionally the Act of 1871, made possible for the Vatican and the British
    Monarchy to manage more efficiently the Corporation called THE UNITED STATES OF
    AMERICA.

    According to the Constitution, all individuals born (and naturalized) within
    the territories in which this corporation exerts an effective jurisdiction are
    cataloged as less than human beings, they automatically lose their quality of
    natural persons by birth or naturalization; instead, these people become
    Financial Instruments until the day they cease to exist.

    As a matter of jurisprudence the US Constitution adheres to the doctrine
    that Admiralty Law prevails over Common Law and goes in accordance with
    Vatican’s Code of Canon Law:

    Book I, Title VI, Chapter II, Can. 114, §3

    “The competent authority of the Church is not to confer juridic
    personality except on those aggregates of persons (universitates personarum) or
    things (universitates rerum) which pursue a truly useful purpose and, all
    things considered, possess the means which are foreseen to be efficient to
    achieve their designated purpose.”

    Article I, Section II, Paragraph 3 (first sentence) of the United States
    Constitution reads the following:

    “Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several
    States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective
    Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free
    Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding
    Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.”

    The lawful stockholders of THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA are located at
    Buckingham Palace and St. Peter’s Basilica.

    In brief, ordinary Americans are indeed less than subjects of the British
    Crown and dependants of the wishes of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II;
    simultaneously, the Sancta Catholica Apostolica Romana Ecclesia is their
    absolute Sovereign and dictates all aspects of their daily lives.

    • greeng

      Interesting info, – where did you acquire it?

      So, given your knowledge, is there an answer to the situation
      and the lack of freedom?

    • ursovereign

      42 U.S. Code § 1983 – Civil action for deprivation of rightsEvery person who, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any State or Territory or the District of Columbia, subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, suit in equity, or other proper proceeding for redress, except that in any action brought against a judicial officer for an act or omission taken in such officer’s judicial capacity, injunctive relief shall not be granted unless a declaratory decree was violated or declaratory relief was unavailable. For the purposes of this section, any Act of Congress applicable exclusively to the District of Columbia shall be considered to be a statute of the District of Columbia.

  • Random

    When a good senator wants to pass laws or do something to aid their community or state, have a guess which spy group will cut him down. When an activist wants to highlight how people are being poisoned, ripped off, victimized, replaced with migrants, have a guess which agency is there to destroy them. The NSA are there to ensure that there is a systematic and easy process for the country to be brought to its knees, and to continue it being allowed to have it’s entire wealth sucked dry by the Israeli owned FED (Yes it is). In it’s current form and function, the NSA make sure there is no tomorrow and no future for their entire country. No jobs, no wealth, and nothing but debt to the Federal Reserve. Once that happens, no one will afford to pay them their governement wage anymore. Simple test, in what ways does the NSA allow debt inducement into the American nation, in which the FED gains? (Insert giant list). Counter that, how does the NSA protect the nation against this? (Ans: they dont).

    • Rick Mark

      The Illuminati, i.e. proxy the Zionist! , planned the entire past 100 years,
      economic collapses, wars?

      Ever since and most likely before Theodor
      Herzl wrote his book, THE JEWISH STATE, published in 1896.

      Then there’s the Protocol’s of Zion written
      more then 100 years ago where they said, they (the Zionist) would cause havoc,
      chaos and confusion in the worlds people’s ! Actually what is written in the
      Protocols is almost exactly what is happening in the world, maybe not almost, a
      plan to ruin the world ! Why?

      A simple search of Zionist

      World English DictionaryZionism (ˈzaɪəˌnɪzəm)
      — n 1. a political movement for the establishment and support of a national
      homeland for Jews in Palestine, now concerned chiefly with the development of
      the modern state of Israel 2. a policy or movement for Jews to return to
      Palestine from the Diaspora

      During the WW1 (intentional planned war) the
      Rothschild’s made a deal with the UK, England, that if the Rothschild’s used
      his money to finance and support England in the war with Germany, then the UK
      would help the Rothschild’s acquire the Palestinians land for their New State
      of Israel. A simple search produced this:

      Matching Quote

      “His Majesty’s Government view with
      favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people,
      and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this
      object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may
      prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in
      Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other
      country.” -A.J. Balfour

      The chaos, wars & mayhem and theft we have experienced for the past 100
      years is the result of this effort! If you go to the jpost , Israel’s main
      newspaper and read the comments like you see here,

      you will see their attitude and thoughts.

      It’s all planned and they (the Zionist) are sucking the world of all it’s
      wealth, freedoms, lives, and ruining our social structure, intentionally!

      They are bringing the world to it’s end for their gain! NOT all Jewish folks
      are Zionist, Many good Hebrews and Jewish folks wrote books to warn us, like
      Rabbi Antleman, To Eliminate the Opiate and Henry Makow, PHD Jewish Author in
      Canada, Illuminati, the Cult that hijacked the world. There is a difference in
      God loving Jewish and the Lucifer loving Jewish folks! It’s good verses evil!

      My web site has many more books detailing this evil vial plan!

      It’s known as the New World Order! The New Age! It’s all Satanic and Occultism.
      It also involves other secret organizations, The Freemasons, Rosicrucian’s, the
      Communist, even the Vatican and it’s Jesuits, and many more, thousands of them,
      worldwide!

      (rick miracle the truth seeker), search these words for my website.

      This is why the White House lies, they all lie! They are owned, bought and paid
      for operatives of the Illuminati. It’s the plan for the world wide takeover,
      run from where? Israel? That’s Zionist for you!

      IN revelation, the last book of the Bible, it says Jews who call themselves
      Jews BUT are not! Then , who are they? Lucifer’s demons, and the so called
      UFO’s, Aliens, who look like demons?

      So yes, the lies will continue until they
      enslave or kill the worlds peoples! Just look at the death going on right now
      in the middle east!

      Look and see what’s happening in the Ukraine, is WW3 coming?

      Is that the plan?

  • James

    It doesn’t matter what kind of firewall you have on your computer because they can knock it down and install kiddy porn on any computer they want and they have a back door to all computers.

  • greeng

    An abundance of laws is necessary to make men criminals.

    If you can’t be blackmailed because you haven’t done anything “wrong”,
    then fabricated evidence will be used. Anything can be photoshopped. Phony documents
    can be created and bogus witnesses will testify against you. Even if you are found
    not guilty at a “fair” trial, your reputation will be ruined.

    • kimo

      “COINTELPRO,” State sponsored Gang Stalking. They get whole communities involved, including the police and sometimes the secret services (ie, Laplata, Maryland)

  • http://bigdanblogger.blogspot.com/ Big Dan

    2009:

    Major scandal erupts involving Rep. Jane Harman, Alberto Gonzales and AIPAC

    CQ reports that a key member of Congress was caught on wiretaps agreeing to intervene in a criminal prosecution of AIPAC officials, but Bush’s AG protected her

    http://www.salon.com/2009/04/20/harman/

  • frackattackannie

    hell_just give me their address i’ll be glad to send them my naked selfies _ Maybe we can share

  • omega_man

    Who will police the police?

    • http://www.socionomics.net/press/book_reviews/Calderwood_TomorrowsHeadlines.html David C.

      There are no political solutions to the problems of politics. You can’t fight crime by becoming a criminal.

      The world runs by itself, spontaneously organizing in dynamic, often surprising ways. Orwell’s masterpiece was wrong in one important facet: a totalitarian society existing in a stable equilibrium is impossible. Nothing that lives is unchanging, and a society made of living things is by definition dynamic.

      This stupid surveillance-state horror, too, will pass, just as will the horror of living under the overhang of nuclear annihilation. Unfortunately, something very bad is likely to happen first.

  • http://www.socionomics.net/press/book_reviews/Calderwood_TomorrowsHeadlines.html David C.

    All trends driven centrally behave as deadly parasites; eventually their very “success” brings about a collapse in their campaign.

    If the NSA/National-Security-State was content to play “small ball,” they might get away with this kind of parasitic behavior forever. Instead, however, it is inevitable that they will overplay their power and some sort of horror they set off will gut the fashion of living life in public via cell phones & facebook.

    While impossible to imagine today, it would not surprise me a bit to see a fad sweep the globe and people turn their backs on the technology that turns their every private moment into fodder for some government creep’s Rosy Palm workout. It may take a pogrom that piles skulls to the sky, but this kind of surveillance will yield one horror or another, it’s just a matter of time.

  • dan from ohio

    now we know why John Roberts changed his vote for Obama care.Must have some really bad dirt on him

  • http://www.booksbyoliver.com/ PennState93

    We know why so many Republicans & RINOs are in Obama’s pants pocket.

    When a governments loses the trust of it’s people then there is no alternative, but tyranny. Trust lost can never be regained.

    Might want to read this book out about decent Americans who raised up against this tyranny. It’s about what is coming next so I recommend it ( http://www.booksbyoliver.com ).

    We are financing our own enslavement on the USG plantation.

  • Rumplestiltskin

    DUH ! Blackmail isn’t the half of it. How about assassinations, and threats against family members of those they want to control?

    The NSA is one of the arms of the “Shadow Government”. Once they threaten a few, the rest of our elected officials will, (and did) fall into line and do as they are told.

    When Congress is so compromised, there is no place to go but down, as they will not be able to function effectively on our behalf, except as directed to do the bidding of that shadow government. This is part and parcel to the reality that no one in Congress has ventured to speak out against the NSA, and to put to a vote the defunding of that criminal organization.

 

 

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