Former Top NSA Official: 'The US Is a Police State'
March 22, 2014
Washington's Blog & Global Research
Bill Binney, the 32-year NSA veteran who created the government's Mass Surveillance System says Washington's use of data gathered through spying is a "Totalitarian Process" -- the US "has already become a Police State."
(December 18, 2013) -- Bill Binney is the high-level NSA executive who created the agency's mass surveillance program for digital information. A 32-year NSA veteran widely regarded as a "legend" within the agency, Binney was the senior technical director within the agency and managed thousands of NSA employees.
Binney has been interviewed by virtually all of the mainstream media, including CBS, ABC, CNN, New York Times, USA Today, Fox News, PBS and many others.
Last year, Binney held his thumb and forefinger close together, and said: "We are, like, that far from a turnkey totalitarian state.
But today, Binney told Washington's Blog that the US has already become a police state.
By way of background, the government is spying on virtually everything we do.
All of the information gained by the NSA through spying is then shared with federal, state and local agencies, and they are using that information to prosecute petty crimes such as drugs and taxes. The agencies are instructed to intentionally "launder" the information gained through spying, i.e. to pretend that they got the information in a more legitimate way . . . and to hide that from defense attorneys and judges.
This is a bigger deal than you may realize, as legal experts say that there are so many federal and state laws in the United States, that no one can keep track of them all . . . and everyone violates laws every day without even knowing it.
The NSA also ships Americans' most confidential, sensitive information to foreign countries like Israel (and here), the UK and other countries . . . so they can "unmask" the information and give it back to the NSA . . . or use it for their own purposes.
Binney told us today:
The main use of the collection from these [NSA spying] programs [is] for law enforcement. [See the 2 slides below].
These slides give the policy of the DOJ/FBI/DEA etc. on how to use the NSA data. In fact, they instruct that none of the NSA data is referred to in courts -- cause it has been acquired without a warrant.
So, they have to do a "Parallel Construction" and not tell the courts or prosecution or defense the original data used to arrest people. This I call: a "planned programed perjury policy" directed by US law enforcement.
And, as the last line on one slide says, this also applies to "Foreign Counterparts."
This is a total corruption of the justice system not only in our country but around the world. The source of the info is at the bottom of each slide. This is a totalitarian process -- means we are now in a police state.
Here are the two slides, which Binney pointed us to:
The slide is labeled: "The rules of SOD" and contains the following bullet points:
* Utilization of SOD cannot be revealed or discussed
* Investigative reports & files
* [Line blacked out]
* US attorneys/ State attorneys
* Court proceedings
* State & local officials / Task forces
* Foreign Counterparts"
This slide reads:
* Parallel Construction is the use of normal
Investigative techniques to recreate the
Information provided by SOD
* Supoena domestic telephone tolls
* Field interviews/defendant debriefs
* Request foreign tolls or subscriber info via the
(Source: Reuters via RT; SOD stands for "Special Operations Division," a branch of a federal government agency.)
We asked Binney a follow-up question:
You say: "This also applies to ‘Foreign Counterparts.'" Does that mean that foreign agencies can also "launder" the info gained from NSA spying? Or that data gained through foreign agencies' spying can be "laundered" and used by US agencies?
For countries like the Five Eyes (US, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand) and probably some others, it probably works both ways. But for others that have relationships with FBI or DEA etc., they probably are given the data to used to arrest people but are not told the source or given copies of the data.
The US Is Sending Americans' Confidential Info Abroad . . . For the Same Reason It's Outsourcing Torture to Foreign Governments
Outsourcing the NSA's Dirty Deeds
In An Attempt to Create Plausible Deniability
(November 21, 2013) -- Torture doesn't work to produce actionable intelligence. Indeed, it harms our national security and creates more terrorists. Because torture is blatantly illegal, the Bush and Obama administrations have tried to hide America's torture by shipping prisoners to foreign countries . . . so they can torture them for us.
Similarly, mass spying by the NSA and other agencies doesn't prevent terror attacks … but actually interfereswith our ability to stop them.
Because mass spying on Americans is blatantly illegal (and see this), the Bush and Obama administrations have tried to hide America's Big Brother act by shipping Americans' most confidential, sensitive information to foreign countries like Israel (and here), the UK and other countries … so they can "unmask" the information and give it back to the NSA.
In other words, the NSA is subverting the legal prohibition against mass spying on Americans by shipping data overseas . . . and then having our allies give it back to us.
The list of countries that are doing this for the NSA are almost certainly as follows:
• New Zealand
Postscript: Unfortunately, the American elite aren't particularly concerned with protecting the basic rights -- let alone the sovereignty -- of the American people.
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