‘This far from a turnkey, totalitarian state’

From Zero Hedge:

Just a month ago we raised more than a proverbial eyebrow when we noted the creation of the NSA’s Utah Data Center (codename Stellar Wind) and William Binney’s formidable statement that “we are this far from a turnkey totalitarian state”

Democracy Now has the former National Security Agency technical director whistleblower’s first TV interview in which he discusses the NSA’s massive power to spy on Americans and why the FBI raided his home. Since retiring from the NSA in 2001, he has warned that the NSA’s data-mining program has become so vast that it could “create an Orwellian state.”

Today marks the first time Binney has spoken on national TV about NSA surveillance. Starting with his pre-9-11 identification of the world-wide-web as a voluminous problem since the NSA was ‘falling behind the rate-of-change’, his success in creating a system (codenamed Thin-Thread) for ‘grabbing’ all the data and the critical ‘lawful’ anonymization of that data (according to mandate at the time) which as soon as 9-11 occurred went out of the window as all domestic and foreign communications was now stored (starting with AT&T’s forking over their data). This direct violation of the constitutional rights of everybody in the country was why Binney decided he could not stay (leaving one month after 9-11) along with the violation of almost every privacy and intelligence act as near-bottomless databases store all forms of communication collected by the agency, including private emails, cell phone calls, Google searches and other personal data.

There was a time when Americans still cared about matters such as personal privacy. Luckily, they now have iGadgets to keep them distracted as they hand over their last pieces of individuality to the Tzar of conformity.

2 thoughts on “‘This far from a turnkey, totalitarian state’

  1. Who said,”Give them bread and circuses?” Some Roman guy several thousand years ago no doubt? Nothing much has changed. Only now it’s iphones and lap-tops that lull the 99% to sleep. The funny thing about this is that no revolution in history was begun by more than a handful of committed people. And at the height of any revolution the massive crowds in the street were made up of support from no more than 10% of the public. (Check the American Revolution for example.) It’s not the size of the thing. It’s how it’s used. Perception is the only way the 1% stays in power because they are vastly outnumbered.

  2. This far? C’mon, it’s already in place. Any guess at how NSA coordinated attacks against the Occupy Movement?

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