Color me shocked.

Via The Guardian.

William Binney is one of the highest-level whistleblowers to ever emerge from the NSA. He was a leading code-breaker against the Soviet Union during the Cold War but resigned soon after September 11, disgusted by Washington’s move towards mass surveillance.

On 5 July he spoke at a conference in London organised by the Centre for Investigative Journalism and revealed the extent of the surveillance programs unleashed by the Bush and Obama administrations.

“At least 80% of fibre-optic cables globally go via the US”, Binney said. “This is no accident and allows the US to view all communication coming in. At least 80% of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the US. The NSA lies about what it stores.” […]

“The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control”, Binney said, “but I’m a little optimistic with some recent Supreme Court decisions, such as law enforcement mostly now needing a warrant before searching a smartphone.”

He praised the revelations and bravery of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and told me that he had indirect contact with a number of other NSA employees who felt disgusted with the agency’s work. They’re keen to speak out but fear retribution and exile, not unlike Snowden himself, who is likely to remain there for some time.

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  1. ancientwrrior says:

    Big brother is real, 1984 is now here.

  2. Squirrel says:

    I wonder if there is a risk supporting conservative causes, or being a member
    of the Tammy Army? Oh well, let them come get me. Maybe it will get me an IRS

    On another note, I saw Dinesh D’Souza’s “America”, this weekend. It was well
    worth the time. Go see it if you can.

  3. Alain41 says:

    Contributing blogger for Forbes writes that one reason why NSA is collecting so much information is so movements like the Tea Party can be discovered early and squashed. Don’t know anything about author. He wrote last December that you should develop a bug-out bag to be prepared for disaster. http://washingtonexaminer.com/advisor-obama-nsa-use-internet-to-silence-critics-like-tea-party/article/2550752

  4. Rob_W says:

    It wasn’t 1984 thirty years ago, but it is now.

    Those of us around in 1984 remember Democrats associating President Reagan with an Orwellian society. “1984 is here!” By then, their “voodoo economics” argument was no match for the booming economy (thank you very much, GHWB), so they moved on to exploiting a calendar date. Where are these hypocrites now? As Tammy says, “it’s all projection”.

  5. strider says:

    Now that everybody knows the NSA is listening, they may have a multi-billion dollar junk pile on their hands, wasting millions in electricity, providing a few jobs. Sounds familiar.

  6. Alain41 says:

    And in administration spying news; two Congressional staffers went to Philadelphia VA to review records and the VA tried to place them in a room that had active audio and video equipment. Staffers found the active equipment and requested a different room for their review. http://washingtonexaminer.com/veterans-affairs-spies-stonewalls-on-people-investigating-it/article/2550854

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