The Guardian reports on William Binney, "one of the highest-level whistleblowers to ever emerge from the NSA," who has been speaking against mass surveillance at a conference in London organised by the Centre for Investigative Journalism. According to Mr. Binney, the NSA's tactics are not about stopping terrorism, but for total population control. Meanwhile, the U.K. is trying to pass a law forcing telecom companies to log records of customer calls, texts and internet use.
Unlike Snowden, Binney didn’t take any documents with him when he left the NSA. He now says that hard evidence of illegal spying would have been invaluable. The latest Snowden leaks, featured in the Washington Post, detail private conversations of average Americans with no connection to extremism.
It shows that the NSA is not just pursuing terrorism, as it claims, but ordinary citizens going about their daily communications. “The NSA is mass-collecting on everyone”, Binney said, “and it’s said to be about terrorism but inside the US it has stopped zero attacks.”
The lack of official oversight is one of Binney’s key concerns, particularly of the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (Fisa), which is held out by NSA defenders as a sign of the surveillance scheme's constitutionality.
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