The National Security Agency (NSA) has created a “pernicious, persistent and permanent” database since 9/11 and is spying on “the entire country” according to NSA whistleblowers Thomas Drake, Kirk Wiebe and William Binney.
Drake, Wiebe and Binney made the comments speaking on Viewpoint with Eliot Spitzer on Current TV on Monday.
Drake said the widespread domestic spying was due to a “key decision made shortly after 9/11 which began to rapidly turn the United States of America into the equivalent of a foreign nation for dragnet blanket electronic surveillance,” putting touted efforts at national security above all else, including constitutional rights.
Referring to an NSA facility in Bluffdale, Utah which will hold communications collected by the agency, Binney said, “That facility alone can probably hold somewhere close to a hundred years’ worth of the communications of the world.” Binney continues, “Once you accumulate that kind of data — they’re accumulating against everybody — [it's] resident in programs that can pull it together in timelines and things like that and let them see into your life.”
Binney said the NSA was developing automated algorithms that would allow the NSA to easily sort through everyone’s data. “Everybody will be a part of this,” he stated.
Asked by Spitzer if anyone at the NSA worried of 4th amendment implications and raised questions, Wiebe said, “No.”
The three whistleblowers are providing evidence in a lawsuit by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) against the NSA.
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