[Rushtalk] Smile! You're Being Watched!

John A. Quayle blueoval57 at verizon.net
Wed Dec 5 14:12:02 MST 2012


NSA agent: Everyone under virtual surveillance

'They are targeted by the government'

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Did you ever get the feeling you were being watched?

And watched by the government?

There’s very good reason to feel that way, says a 
whistleblower from the National Security Agency 
who says everyone in the U.S. is under virtual 
surveillance by federal authorities.

In an 
with RT, William Binney, a former mathematician 
and code breaker at the NSA, says the FBI records 
the emails of nearly all Americans, including 
members of Congress, and warns that the 
government can use this information against anyone.

“The FBI has access to the data collected, which 
is basically the emails of virtually everybody in 
the country. And the FBI has access to it,” Binney said.

“All the congressional members are on the 
surveillance, too, no one is excluded. They are 
all included. So, yes, this can happen to anyone. 
If they become a target for whatever reason – 
they are targeted by the government, the 
government can go in, or the FBI, or other 
agencies of the government, they can go into 
their database, pull all that data collected on 
them over the years, and we analyze it all. So, 
we have to actively analyze everything they’ve 
done for the last 10 years at least.”

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Binney resigned from the agency in 2001, as he no 
longer wanted to be part of alleged violations of the U.S. Constitution.

He says information is being collected in bulk 
without even requesting providers.

“I don’t think they are filtering it. They are 
just storing it,” Binney told RT. “I think it’s 
just a matter of selecting when they want it. So, 
if they want to target you, they would take your 
attributes, go into that database and pull out all your data.”

When asked if he himself was on the target list, 
Binney responded, “Oh, sure! I believe I’ve been 
on it for quite a few years. So I keep telling 
them everything I think of them in my email. So 
that when they want to read it they’ll understand what I think of them.”

Binney actually blew the whistle on NSA practices 
during the term of President George W. Bush, but 
with President Barack Obama now in office, he 
says, “it’s getting worse. They are doing more. 
He is supporting the building of the Bluffdale 
facility, which is over two billion dollars they 
are spending on storage room for data. That means 
that they are collecting a lot more now and need 
more storage for it. That facility by my 
calculations that I submitted to the court for 
the Electronic Frontiers Foundation against NSA 
would hold on the order of 5 zettabytes of data. 
Just that current storage capacity is being 
advertised on the web that you can buy. And 
that’s not talking about what they have in the near future.”

Binney is a 
recipient of the Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic 
Courage, which is awarded to those who stand out 
for constitutional rights and American values at 
great risk to their personal or professional lives.

RT suggested his former colleagues at the NSA 
might view him as a traitor for exposing their practices.

When asked how he felt about them, he said: “They 
are violating the foundation of this entire 
country. Why this entire government was formed? 
It’s founded with the Constitution and the rights 
were given to the people in the country under 
that Constitution. They are in violation of that. 
And under executive order 13526, section 1.7 – 
you cannot classify information to just cover up 
a crime, which this is, and that was signed by 
President Obama. Also President Bush signed it 
earlier as an executive order, a very similar 
one. If any of this comes into Supreme Court and 
they rule it unconstitutional, then the entire 
house of cards of the government falls.”

He says the government is doing its best to try to keep the issue out of court.

“And, of course, we are trying to do the best we 
can to get into court. So, we decided it deserves 
a ruling from the Supreme Court. Ultimately the 
court is supposed to protect the Constitution. 
All these people in the government take an oath 
to defend the Constitution. And they are not living up to the oath of office.”
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