william binney

william binney bw

intro’d to William via a democracynow session with Amy Goodman, and then again here via Laura‘s film..

william binney film

i’m too old to be scared..

he did the programming so that your entire life could be mapped out – multiple dimensions..  imagine doing that only for good.. no?

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William Edward Binney is a former highly placed intelligence official with the United States National Security Agency(NSA) turned whistleblower who resigned on October 31, 2001, after more than 30 years with the agency. He was a high-profile critic of his former employers during the George W. Bush administration, and was the subject of FBI investigations, including a raid on his home in 2007.

He was furious that the NSA hadn’t uncovered the 9/11 plot and stated that intercepts it had collected but not analyzed likely would have garnered timely attention with his leaner more focused system.

After he left the NSA in 2001, Binney was one of several people investigated as part of an inquiry into the 2005 New York Timesexposé on the agency’s warrantless eavesdropping program. Binney was cleared of wrongdoing after three interviews with FBI agents beginning in March 2007, but one morning in July 2007, a dozen agents armed with rifles appeared at his house, one of whom entered the bathroom and pointed his gun at Binney, still towelling off from a shower. In that raid, the FBI confiscated a desktop computer, disks, and personal and business records. The NSA revoked his security clearance, forcing him to close a business he ran with former colleagues at a loss of a reported $300,000 in annual income. In 2012, Binney and his co-plaintiffs went to federal court to get the items back. Binney spent more than $7,000 on legal fees.

During interviews on Democracy Now! in April and May 2012 …Binney repeated estimates that the NSA (particularly its Stellar Wind project) had intercepted 20 trillion communications “transactions” of Americans such as phone calls, emails, and other forms of data (but not including financial data). This includes most of the emails of US citizens. Binney disclosed in a sworn affidavit forJewel v. NSA that the agency was “purposefully violating the Constitution”. Binney also notes that he found out after retiring that NSA was pursuing collect-it-all vs. targeted surveillance even before the 9/11 attacks.