NSA Whistleblowers Testify on ‘Totalitarian Mentality’ of NSA at German Parliamentary Committee Hearing

By: Thursday July 3, 2014 4:39 pm

National Security Agency whistleblowers William Binney and Thomas Drake testified before a German parliamentary committee as part of an inquiry into NSA surveillance in Germany. According to Deutsche Welle, Binney argued that the NSA had abandoned nearly all rule of law principles. It now has a “totalitarian mentality” and wants “total information control.” He called [...]

NSA Whistleblowers to Testify Before German Parliamentary Committee in July

By: Thursday June 26, 2014 10:31 am

National Security Agency whistleblowers Thomas Drake and William Binney will testify before a German parliamentary committee on July 3. They both will give testimony as part of an inquiry into details of NSA surveillance in Germany, which have been revealed through news stories based upon documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. German parliamentary members had [...]

As Obama Holds Meetings, NSA Whistleblowers Warn Reforms to Preserve the Surveillance State

By: Thursday January 9, 2014 10:37 am

The White House is holding a number of meetings on possible National Security Agency reforms. President Barack Obama reportedly met with staffers for intelligence officials on January 8 in a meeting that was classified “top secret.” A top lawyer for the administration, Kathy Ruemmler, is scheduled to hear from “civil liberties groups” on January 9. [...]

Interview with NSA Whistleblower Bill Binney: Afraid We’re Spreading Secret Government Around World

By: Friday December 27, 2013 3:05 pm

The FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency, and law enforcement, along with the NSA, are collecting information on Americans and then using that information to arrest people. “Parallel construction” is then used to “fabricate evidence” that is substituted with evidence that is subsequently collected legally and through mechanisms that have traditionally been an accepted part of criminal [...]

Going Through the ‘Proper Channels’ to Blow the Whistle on Secret Surveillance Programs

By: Sunday June 16, 2013 11:53 pm

A main criticism of National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, who disclosed information on secret surveillance programs, is that he did not go through the proper channels before going to the press with classified information. Jeffrey Toobin for The New Yorker argued that America’s system “offers legal options to disgruntled government employees and contractors. They [...]

NSA’s ‘Hoarding Complex’ on Full Display with Details on Top Secret PRISM Surveillance Program

By: Thursday June 6, 2013 9:20 pm

(update 1 & 2 below) National Security Agency whistleblower Thomas Drake on “Democracy Now!” this morning said, “You’ve got to remember, none of this is probable cause. This is simply the ability to collect. And as I was told shortly after 9/11, ‘You don’t understand, Mr. Drake. We just want the data.’ And so, the [...]

Feinstein’s Call for Leak Investigation Into Publishing of Top Secret Order for Verizon Call Data

By: Thursday June 6, 2013 4:35 pm

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein is passionately defending National Security Agency surveillance and calling for a leak investigation into the source, who provided a copy of a top secret order issued by a United States secret surveillance court, even as whistleblowers repeat warnings about surveillance they have been making for years. On “Andrea Mitchell Reports” on [...]

US Whistleblowers on Being Targeted by the Secret Security State

By: Saturday December 29, 2012 5:22 pm

The Chaos Communication Congress (29C3), which organizers describe as “an annual four-day conference on technology, society and utopia,” began on December 27. Yesterday, this blog featured Tor software developer and WikiLeaks volunteer Jacob Appelbaum’s talk. Later in the day, three United States whistleblowers gave presentations, which should be considered required viewing. Jesselyn Radack, who blew [...]

War on Whistleblowers: ‘Bigger Than Assange & WikiLeaks’ (VIDEO)

By: Tuesday August 21, 2012 10:07 am

Julian Assange, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief recently granted asylum by Ecuador, delivered a speech on August 19 calling for the US to end its war on whistleblowers and dissidents. He named Pfc. Bradley Manning, former NSA employee William Binney, former NSA employee Thomas Drake and former CIA agent John Kiriakou as people who had been victims of [...]

The Warrantless Surveillance of Americans’ Email

By: Friday June 15, 2012 10:08 am

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit for records on how the United States government is reading Americans’ emails or other electronic communications without a warrant. They are interested in when it happens, how often, who the government is monitoring, how long monitoring typically lasts, and what [...]

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