Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Risking Everything to Warn Americans About the Dangers of NSA Domestic Spying.

Following 9/11, the National Security Agency (NSA) began a top-secret surveillance program to spy on U.S. citizens without warrants. Code named "Stellar Wind" or "The Program," the full scope of the surveillance has not been made public.

William Binney, one of the whistle blowers risking everything to warn Americans about the domestic spying program worked for the NSA for 32 years and was known as the best mathematician and code-breaker in NSA's history. In July 2007, the FBI raided the homes of William Binney and two other NSA whistle blowers. Currently, the NSA is  building the country's largest data storage facility in Bluffdale, Utah, and Binney estimates that this structure will have the capacity to store over 100 years of the world's electronic communications.

The "USSID 18" stands for United States Signals Intelligence Directive. It is the is the NSA's top-secret manual of definitions and legal directives, the regulations which govern signals intelligence operations conducted by the United States government. According to USSID 18, you can spy on Americans--if it's approved by the Attorney General and there are very few occasions where the AG is allowed to grant permission. Think terrorist acts and grave dangers to lives, limbs and private property and there are no alternatives to  direct emergency efforts. Well, since 9/11 violations of this strict charter abound.


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