Police State

police state

police state

((ReBlogged from WashingtonsBlog)) (( In Europe, the Governments of Sweden, France and the Netherlands have or are about to decide to implement mass dragnet surveillance on telecom and internet traffic, in line with what the NSA and GCHQ have done. I hope these gov’t people realize what they are doing…))

Former Top NSA Official: “We Are Now In A Police State”

Posted on December 18, 2013 <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/12/former-top-nsa-official-now-police-state.html> by WashingtonsBlog <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/author/washingtonsblog>

     32-year NSA Veteran William Binney Who Created Mass Surveillance System Says
Government Use of Data Gathered Through Spying “Is a Totalitarian
Process”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 <http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=9495393>, ABC <http://abcnews.go.com/m/story?id=19341792>, CNN <http://thelead.blogs.cnn.com/2013/06/18/nsa-whistleblowers-obama-administration-misleading-on-surveillance-programs/>, New York Times <http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/23/opinion/the-national-security-agencys-domestic-spying-program.html>, USA Today <http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/06/16/snowden-whistleblower-nsa-officials-roundtable/2428809/>, Fox News <http://foxnewsinsider.com/2013/06/07/nsa-whistleblower-responds-obama-metadata-phone-call-more-revealing-listening>, PBS <http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/government_programs/july-dec13/whistleblowers_08-01.html> and many others.Last year, Binney held his thumb and forefinger close together, and said <http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/all/1>:

 We are, like, that far from a turnkey totalitarian state.

But today, Binney told Washington’s Blog that the U.S. has /already/ become  a police state.

By way of background, the government is spying on virtually everything we do <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/10/security-expert-the-details-matter-less-and-less-we-have-to-assume-that-the-nsa-has-everyone-who-uses-electronic-communications-under-constant-surveillance.html>.

All of the information <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/10/spies-can-now-for-the-first-time-monitor-everything-about-us-and-they-can-do-so-with-a-few-clicks-of-a-mouse-and-to-placate-the-lawyers-a-drop-down-menu-of-justifications.html>  gained by the NSA through spying is then shared with federal, state and local agencies <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/08/the-most-persuasive-evidence-that-the-government-spies-on-all-americans.html>, and they are using that information to prosecute petty crimes such as drugs and taxes <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/08/the-most-persuasive-evidence-that-the-government-spies-on-all-americans.html>. The agencies are instructed to intentionally “launder” <http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/05/us-dea-sod-idUSBRE97409R20130805> 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 <http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/05/us-dea-sod-idUSBRE97409R20130805>.

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 <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/10/you-break-the-law-every-day-without-even-knowing-it.html>.

The NSA also ships Americans’ most confidential, sensitive information <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/11/u-s-sending-americans-confidential-info-abroad-just-like-outsourcing-torture-foreign-governments.html> to /foreign countries/ like Israel <http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/11/nsa-americans-personal-data-israel-documents> (and here <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2008/10/israel-companies-handle-sensitive-u-s-spying-data.html>), the UK <http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/20/us-uk-secret-deal-surveillance-personal-data> and other countries … so they can “unmask” the information <http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/11/21/nsa-5-eyes-sharing/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=nsa-5-eyes-sharing> 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:

A slide from a presentation about a secretive information-sharing program run by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Special Operations Division (SOD) is seen in this undated photo (Reuters / John Shiffman)

A slide from a presentation about a secretive information-sharing program run by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s Special Operations Division (SOD) is seen in this undated photo (Reuters / John Shiffman)

(Source: Reuters via RT <http://rt.com/usa/dea-agents-nsa-evidence-067/>)

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 U.S. agencies?

Binney responded:

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.

(See this <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/11/u-s-sending-americans-confidential-info-abroad-just-like-outsourcing-torture-foreign-governments.html> for background on the five eyes.)

/View past discussions between /Washington’s Blog /and Binney here <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/12/www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/11/12-years-before-edward-snowden-high-level-nsa-whistleblower-warned-congress-about-mass-surveillance-by-the-nsa-against-americans.html>, here <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/06/exclusive-top-nsa-whistleblower-spills-the-beans-on-the-real-scope-of-the-spying-program.html>, here <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/11/nsa-whistleblower-government-failed-to-stop-boston-bombing-because-it-was-overwhelmed-with-data-from-mass-surveillance-on-americans.html> and here <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/08/obama-said-hell-reform-nsa-spying-should-we-believe-him.html>.

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/12/former-top-nsa-official-now-police-state.html/

“These Programs Were Never About Terrorism: They’re About Economic
 Spying, Social Control, and Diplomatic Manipulation. They’re About Power”

Posted on December 17, 2013 <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/12/programs-never-terrorism-theyre-economic-spying-social-control-diplomatic-manipulation-theyre-power.html> by WashingtonsBlog <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/author/washingtonsblog>

Snowden Gives the Big Picture

Edward Snowden wrote <http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/report-snowden-would-help-brazil-if-given-asylum/2013/12/17/6ca6b7f8-66f0-11e3-997b-9213b17dac97_story.html> yesterday about mass surveillance by the NSA:

These programs were never about terrorism: they’re about economic
spying, social control, and diplomatic manipulation. They’re about
power.

He’s right.

 These Programs Were Never About Terrorism

The NSA started mass spying <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/07/newly-leaked-nsa-slide-shows-that-nsa-is-tapping-all-data-from-main-undersea-phone-and-internet-cables.html> on Americans /before/ 9/11 <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/08/u-s-government-planned-indefinite-detention-of-citizens-long-before-911.html> … and various excuses have been used over the years <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/06/is-this-the-real-reason-for-the-government-spying-on-americans.html>.

The NSA was already spying on American Senators and prominent Americans who spoke out against the Vietnam War more than 40 years ago <http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/09/25/it_happened_here_NSA_spied_on_senators_1970s>/./

The NSA has also been conducting industrial espionage for/many decades <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/10/nsa-busted-conducting-industrial-espionage-in-france-mexico-brazil-and-other-countries.html>./ //

There is no evidence that mass surveillance has prevented a */single/* terrorist attack <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/10/nsa-spying-did-not-result-in-one-stopped-terrorist-plot-and-the-government-actually-did-spy-on-the-bad-guys-before-911.html>. And see this <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/12/federal-judge-imagine-indiscriminate-arbitrary-invasion-systematic-high-tech-collection-retention-personal-data-virtua.html> confirming opinion by a federal judge. On the contrary, top counter-terror experts say that mass spying actually */hurts/* U.S. counter-terror efforts <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/07/the-fact-that-mass-surveillance-doesnt-keep-us-safe-goes-mainstream.html> (more here <http://www.technologyreview.com/news/519336/bruce-schneier-nsa-spying-is-making-us-less-safe/> and here <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/08/top-security-expert-treating-everyone-like-a-potential-terrorist-weakens-our-ability-to-protect-america.html>).

If NSA spying were really focused on terrorism, our allies and companies wouldn’t be fighting back so hard <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/10/giants-fight-back-against-nsa-spying.html> against it.

Economic Spying

The NSA conducts widespread industrial espionage <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/10/nsa-busted-conducting-industrial-espionage-in-france-mexico-brazil-and-other-countries.html> on our allies, such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund <http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/31/us-usa-security-imf-idUSBRE99U1EQ20131031>, United Nations <http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/29/us-usa-security-un-idUSBRE99S14E20131029>, the Vatican and the Pope <http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/10415228/US-spied-on-future-Pope-Francis-during-Vatican-conclave.html>, France <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/10/nsa-busted-conducting-industrial-espionage-in-france-mexico-brazil-and-other-countries.html>, the leaders of Germany <http://www.dw.de/press-review-outrage-over-nsa-eavesdropping/a-17180842>, Brazil <http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/03/world/americas/brazil-angered-over-report-nsa-spied-on-president.html> and Mexico <http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/nsa-hacked-email-account-of-mexican-president-a-928817.html>, the European Union <http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE95S0AQ20130629?irpc=932>, the European Parliament <http://falkvinge.net/2013/06/24/the-united-states-wiretapped-the-mail-of-the-european-parliament/>, the G20 summit <http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/jun/16/gchq-intercepted-communications-g20-summits>, and at least 35 world leaders <http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/24/nsa-surveillance-world-leaders-calls>.

That has nothing to do with terrorism. Indeed, a confidential government memo admits <http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/24/nsa-surveillance-world-leaders-calls> that the spying didn’t help prevent terrorism:

The memo acknowledges that eavesdropping on the numbers had produced
“little reportable intelligence”.

The NSA is also spying on the biggest financial /payments systems/ <http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-09-15/swift-takeover-follow-money-nsa-knows-all-about-your-spending-habits> such as VISA and Swift.

In a slide leaked by Edward Snowden, “economic” was one of the /main justifications/ <http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-09-08/u-s-government-spied-on-brazil-s-petrobras-globo-tv-reports.html> for spying.

The top U.S. spy’sjustification <http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/09/nsa-spying-brazil-oil-petrobras> for such financial spying is:

“We collect this information for many important reasons: for one, it
could provide the United States and our allies *early warning of
international financial crises* which could negatively impact the
global economy. It also could provide *insight into other countries’
economic policy or behavior which could affect global markets*.”

(Top financial experts say that the NSA and other intelligence agencies are also using the information to /profit/ from this inside information <http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2013/06/how-much-are-the-nsa-and-cia-front-running-markets.html>. And the NSA wants to ramp up its spying on Wall Street <http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20131009/18155424819/> … to “protect” it.)

Diplomatic Manipulation

Spying on allies such as the United Nations, European Union, the European Parliament, the G20 summit, the Vatican and the Pope, and at least 35 world leaders is obviously at least partially aimed at gaining advantage in diplomatic negotiations.

Oog in AL

Indeed, the United States Trade Representative is one of the “customers” of NSA data <http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20131112/08223925211/if-nsa-isnt-engaged-economic-espionage-why-is-ustr-considered-customer-intelligence.shtml>.

Social Control

History shows that mass spying is /always/ focused on crushing dissent <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/07/government-spying-has-always-focused-on-crushing-dissent-not-on-keeping-us-safe.html>… /*not*/ on keeping us safe.

High-level American government officials have warned for 40 years <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/07/top-experts-have-warned-for-50-years-that-mass-surveillance-would-lead-to-tyranny-in-america.html> that mass surveillance would lead to tyranny. They’ve warned that the government is using information gained through mass surveillance in order to go after anyone they take a dislike to <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/06/top-spying-experts-even-good-people-should-oppose-spying-because-if-someone-in-government-takes-a-dislike-to-you-the-surveillance-can-be-used-to-frame-you.html>.

NSA Dame

A lieutenant colonel for the Stasi East German’s – based upon his experience <http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/06/26/195045/memories-of-stasi-color-germans.html#.Ucykpth31ac> – agrees. And German Chancellor Angela Merkel – who grew up in Stasi Germany – says the NSA is exactly the same <http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/17/merkel-compares-nsa-stasi-obama>.  Indeed, top American constitutional experts say that the Obama and Bush administration are not only worse than Nixon <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/05/top-constitutional-experts-obama-is-worse-than-nixon.html> … but /worse than/ theStasi East Germans <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/12/americans-the-most-spied-on-people-in-world-history.html>. They also say that NSA spying is /exactly/ the type of oppression that the Founding Fathers launched the Revolutionary War <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/07/nsa-spying-is-exactly-the-kind-of-thing-which-caused-the-revolutionary-war-against-king-george.html> to stop. And see this <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/12/www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/10/like-edward-snowden-benjamin-franklin-was-called-a-traitor-for-informing-the-people-about-the-actions-of-its-government.html>.

The NSA tracks users’ porn … to discredit them <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/11/nsa-tracks-porn-discredit-activists.html> … just like J. Edgar Hoover did in the bad old days of the FBI.  The NSA shares this information with a host of other agencies <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/11/nsa-tracks-porn-discredit-activists.html>, such as the Departments of Justice and Commerce and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

(Indeed – as previously reported <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/10/spies-can-now-for-the-first-time-monitor-everything-about-us-and-they-can-do-so-with-a-few-clicks-of-a-mouse-and-to-placate-the-lawyers-a-drop-down-menu-of-justifications.html> – all of the information gained by the NSA through spying is shared with federal, state and local agencies <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/08/the-most-persuasive-evidence-that-the-government-spies-on-all-americans.html>, and they are using that information to prosecute petty crimes such as drugs and taxes <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/08/the-most-persuasive-evidence-that-the-government-spies-on-all-americans.html>. The agencies are instructed to intentionally “launder” <http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/05/us-dea-sod-idUSBRE97409R20130805> 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 <http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/05/us-dea-sod-idUSBRE97409R20130805>.)

TechDirt points out <http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20131127/00243625384/nsa-spied-porn-habits-radicalizers-planned-to-use-details-to-embarrass-them.shtml>:

It’s important to note here that the “targets” in this case are not
US persons, and they all do appear to dislike the US, and some
appear to have advocated for jihad against the US. However, as the
report notes, most of them are*not terrorists or even connected to
any terrorist organization*. They’re just activists and advocates
who have spoken out criticizing the US. In one case, a guy was
targeted for claiming that “the U.S. brought the 9/11 attacks upon
itself” — an argument that plenty of respectable people have made.
*The lack of any terrorist connection is actually, stunningly, used
against these individuals*, as one NSA document notes that since
they don’t communicate with terrorists it’s /worse/ because it
suggests “that the target audience includes individuals who do not
yet hold extremist views but who are susceptible to the extremist
message.”

A high-level NSA whistleblower says that the NSA is spying on – and blackmailing – top government officials and military officers <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/06/nsa-whistleblower-nsa-spying-on-and-blackmailing-high-level-government-officials-and-military-officers.html>, including Supreme Court Justices, high-ranked generals, Colin Powell and other State Department personnel <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/06/nsa-whistleblower-nsa-spyed-on-to-gain-leverage-general-petraeus-and-other-generals-supreme-court-justice-alito-and-all-of-the-other-supreme-court-justices-and-the-white-house-s.html>, and many other top officials. And see this:
He says the NSA started spying on President Obama <http://www.businessinsider.com/the-nsa-spied-on-barack-obama-2004-russ-tice-2013-6> when he was a candidate for Senate:

Another very high-level NSA whistleblower – the head of the NSA’s global intelligence gathering operation – says that the NSA targeted CIA chief Petraeus <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2012/12/top-nsa-spying-chief-if-you-ever-get-on-their-enemies-list-like-petraeus-did-then-you-can-be-drawn-into-that-surveillance.html>.

And the main whistleblower on the NSA’s spying 40 years ago thinks that the NSA may be blackmailing its overseers in D.C. <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/12/nsa-blackmailing-overseers-washington.html>

And see this <mailto:https://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security-technology-and-liberty/prospect-blackmail-nsa>.

The proof is in the pudding: 2 former presidents, a vice president <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/11/bill-clinton-nsa-spying-verge-worst-worlds-well-security-privacy.html> and a judge <http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/12/federal-judge-imagine-indiscriminate-arbitrary-invasion-systematic-high-tech-collection-retention-personal-data-virtua.html> all warn that NSA spying is tyrannical.

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/12/programs-never-terrorism-theyre-economic-spying-social-control-diplomatic-manipulation-theyre-power.html

[… and who will save Americans from themselves… is imperialism (and spying) possible without tyranny at home?  … will tyranny come to America in the guise of a foreign enemy as Madison said?]

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