“I’m tired of my government harassing me and violating the Constitution. Yes, I’ll talk to you.” – William Binney
STELLAR WIND is the N.S.A.’s top-secret domestic spying program that took off after 9/11. The short video above gives you a primer. It’s important to note this reality as the commemoration of 9/11 approaches, to remind ourselves what we surrendered that day, which both Republican and Democratic presidents continue to enforce.
From a New York Times article back in late August:
“The decision must have been made in September 2001,” Mr. Binney told me and the cinematographer Kirsten Johnson. “That’s when the equipment started coming in.” In this Op-Doc, Mr. Binney explains how the program he created for foreign intelligence gathering was turned inward on this country. He resigned over this in 2001 and began speaking out publicly in the last year. He is among a group of N.S.A. whistle-blowers, including Thomas A. Drake, who have each risked everything — their freedom, livelihoods and personal relationships — to warn Americans about the dangers of N.S.A. domestic spying.
[...] The 2008 amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which oversees the N.S.A. activities, are up for renewal in December. Two members of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Senators Ron Wyden of Oregon and Mark Udall of Colorado, both Democrats, are trying to revise the amendments to insure greater privacy protections. They have been warning about “secret interpretations” of laws and backdoor “loopholes” that allow the government to collect our private communications. Thirteen senators have signed a letter expressing concern about a “loophole” in the law that permits the collection of United States data. The A.C.L.U. and other groups have also challenged the constitutionality of the law, and the Supreme Court will hear arguments in that case on Oct. 29.
Osama bin Laden is dead, but his lasting legacy is how We the People willingly allowed his threats to change this country forever.