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    William Binney: NSA Surveillance Takes a Page From Nazi Germany

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    With the Obama Administration’s unprecedented crackdown on whistleblowers, Radio Sputnik’s Loud & Clear speaks with National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower William Binney about the growing American police state.

    "They [the NSA] don’t care what they do, they feel that they have the right to do anything that they feel necessary, and they will cover up crimes and procedures and violations of regulations that they’ve done to achieve whatever their ends are," Binney tells Loud & Clear host Brian Becker.

    A former high-ranking official within the NSA, Binney and two other officials led an effort to have the agency investigated for wasting millions of dollars on a data-analysis program known as Trailblazer in 2002.

    Rather than treat Binney’s complaint as legitimate, the Defense Department Inspector General’s office violated protocol by conspiring with the FBI to punish Binney and his cohorts.

    "They attempted to prosecute all of us," he says. "They fabricated evidence…They attempted three times to indict us."

    Binney had authored his own analysis program, known as ThinThread. Invented to monitor individuals suspected of terrorism, Binney’s algorithms included a number of safeguards to insure that the privacy of Americans remained intact. The NSA, however, was not interested in these precautions.

    "They used our software and corrupted it and turned it against the people of the United States," he says. "That was fundamentally a violation of the First, Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments of the Constitution. So they were scrapping the Constitution, they were doing this all in secret."

    The motive behind the mass collection of raw data may have less to do with security and more to do with budgetary concerns.

    "It commits the government and We the People to more taxing to keep increasing the budget of NSA to keep up with the volume of material being passed around the world," Binney says. "In other words, it’s an ever-increasing amount of communications occurring year after year, which means they have to have an ever-increasing capability to collect it all and store it all, which takes more and more money year after year."

    "It’s like a self-licking ice cream cone that keeps going on and on and on…"

    The NSA justified its actions as necessary to protect American citizens. But for Binney and other NSA whistleblowers, that defense is far too reminiscent of those made by Nazi Germany.

    "The president can declare anyone a terrorist threat and have the military take them off the street, anywhere, and incarcerate them indefinitely without any due process. Those are violations of fundamental rights of the Constitution," he says.

    "That’s exactly what Special Order 48 issued by the Nazis in 1933 did, right after the Reichstag fire. It says almost exactly the same thing."

    The US intelligence apparatus is detailed by Binney as acting exactly like a police state.

    "They are now basically declaring openly that they are going to use the NSA collected data to prosecute people internally in the United States," Binney says.

    "It’s not just inside the US, it’s worldwide. [The NSA] gives them power and evidence to use to intimidate and manipulate members of parliament in any government in the world. Any commercial company that’s doing things [the US] doesn’t want to happen, they’ve got data on them to."

    "It gives them a great deal of power. Knowledge is power."

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    • avatar
      Of COURSE it's a lot like the German Nazis, they're the American Nazis! Who do you think RUNS all of those black ops? When Germany failed at the end of WWII they brought the entire German SS over here to get the CIA dialed in! It's just a continuation of it!
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      Andrew J
      More than taking a page from nazi Germany, the US took the whole manual and many of the nazis themselves. A scourge on mankind.
    • Ann
      It's not average Americans that are the threat to the peace, dignity and sovereignty of the world - it's the NSA and the CIA. Both blights should be removed from society. Without the leverage from the NSA, the CIA could not easily arrange color revolutions and regime changes, and world leaders would not be forced by blackmail and coercion, to comply with the U.S. govt's wishes. In other words, the globalist elites would immediately lose their power over the world. Think about that. An instantaneous end to NWO full spectrum dominance.
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      michaelin reply toAnn(Show commentHide comment)
      Ann, agreed in principle, but remember that the us government has in excess of 1500 security / intel agencies. It would be best to decimate the whole sector - leaving the ones that are really needed. :)
    • Annin reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
      michael, agreed, but then, which ones would really be "needed" in a world where all nations were sovereign and attending to their own interests, instead of the US intruding into everybody else's business?

      I challenge the false idea that in a world of equal sovereign nations, that there would be any need for spies at all. Why would there be? THE ONLY REASON FOR A SPY NETWORK, IS CONTROL. For finding out the private information of others, so you can use it to your advantage, information that was otherwise none of your business. For gaining an unfair advantage. For violating trust. All negatives. Nothing conducive to peace or trust and cooperation between nations.

      We don't NEED spies, and truthfully, we never did.
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      michaelin reply toAnn(Show commentHide comment)
      Ann, I wasn't suggesting agencies which use spies etc. I was more referring to border control - not just illegal immigrants but smuggling various materials and substances, maybe the uscg monitoring shipping in bad weather and applications or agencies like that. Unfortunately many small agencies which act responsibly get thrown in with the cia/nsa etc :)
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      jas
      Theres' interesting information online about how to strengthen your passcode. You can extend your pass code to more than 6 digits and even add letters, and also have a wipe tp occur after 10 incorrect attempts. "How to Strengthen Your iPhone's Passcode" I thought it was interesting reading.
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      jas
      Here's another article that I liked about wise use of smart phones.
      blog.credit.com/2013/01/the-10-dumbest-risks-people-take-on-their-smartphones-64384

      Many times protecting your inforatmion and countering NSA spying involves the same actions because the NSA is behaving more like a thief than a protector, so the same prevention needs to be in place for both the NSA and criminals.
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