[FoRK] [tt] HOPE 9: Whistleblower Binney says the NSA has dossiers on nearly every US citizen

geege schuman geege4 at gmail.com
Mon Jul 16 04:22:45 PDT 2012

I'm surprised anyone is surprised.

Use strategies to confound.  That's all I'm able to say here.


On Jul 16, 2012 4:09 AM, "Eugen Leitl" <eugen at leitl.org> wrote:

> (Nearly every *US* citizen? Try every warm body on this planet...)
> http://www.networkworld.com/community/blog/hope-9-whistleblower-binney-says-nsa-has-dossiers-nearly-every-us-citizen
> HOPE 9: Whistleblower Binney says the NSA has dossiers on nearly every US
> citizen
> By Ms. Smith
> Created Jul 15 2012 - 1:39pm
> This weekend in New York City was a three-day hackers' conference called
> Number 9 [1] which is only held every two years [2]; HOPE stands for
> "Hackers
> on Planet Earth" and there's always a lot of great info that comes out of
> it.
> One of the quotes floating around in regard to #HOPE9 [3] came from Founder
> and CEO of Pallorium Inc [4]'s Steven Rambam [5] as "Rambam's first law
> [6]:
> All databases will eventually be used for unintended purposes." This is the
> same man who spoke at the 2008 HOPE about "Privacy is dead - Get over it
> [7]." In regard to this year, you will probably find private investigator
> Rambam's newest revelations coming soon to 2600 [8]. Surveillance is one of
> those purposes that databases may be used for and NSA whistleblower William
> Binney [9] knows plenty about domestic spying.
> [10]Binney was at HOPE and while his entire keynote is not yet posted,
> journalist Geoff Shively and Livestreamer [11] Tim Pool had an opportunity
> to
> speak with Binney about NSA spying. As you may recall, after covering the
> NATO protests, Pool and Shively were two of the journalists harassed by
> Chicago cops [12]. In the short video interview, Binney explained a bit
> more
> about the NSA spying on Americans:
> "Domestically, they're pulling together all the data about virtually every
> U.S. citizen in the country and assembling that information, building
> communities that you have relationships with, and knowledge about you; what
> your activities are; what you're doing. So the government is accumulating
> that kind of information about every individual person and it's a very
> dangerous process." He estimated that one telecom alone was sending the
> government an "average of 320 million logs every day since 2001."
> Censorship and monitoring are alive and well in the USA. Shively summed it
> up
> as, "It's not about being paranoid. It's not about having nothing to hide;
> it's about an infringing of rights that does exist" right here at home.
> After the NSA claimed it would violate Americans' privacy to say how many
> of
> us it spied upon [13], Binney was one of three NSA whistleblowers who
> decided
> to help back the EFF's lawsuit over the government's massive domestic
> spying
> program [14]; they intend to tell the truth about the NSA's warrantless
> wiretap powers. If there is a dossier on almost every American, then it's
> little wonder why the NSA doesn't want to release those numbers. EFF Senior
> Staff Attorney Lee Tien said [14], "The government keeps making the same
> 'state secrets' claims again and again. It's time for Americans to have
> their
> day in court and for a judge to rule on the legality of this massive
> surveillance."
> NSA Chief General Keith Alexander [15] has denied such intense spying on
> Americans in the past. In a keynote speech about cybersecurity legislation
> [16], Alexander said "the NSA neither needs nor wants most personal info,
> such as emails," while continually repeating civil liberties must be
> protected. Yet as Techdirt pointed out [17], Alexander's words might be
> interpreted "to actually mean they don't care about civil liberties."
> According to Truthdig [18], Binney told the HOPE audience, "These people
> are
> still hiding behind this 'national security' curtain. All I want to do is
> move that aside and say 'See ... pay attention to that man behind the
> curtain, because he's affecting us. He's affecting all of us' because he's
> setting the stage for an 'Orwellian state'."
> Also this weekend, The New York Times [19] ran a piece called "The End of
> Privacy?" The editorial states, "Cellphones, e-mail, and online social
> networking have come to rule daily life, but Congress has done nothing to
> update federal privacy laws to better protect digital communication. That
> inattention carries a heavy price."
> Meanwhile in America, the 'land of free,' another NYTimes article exposed
> [20] how the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) operated a "wide-ranging
> surveillance operation" and spied on "a group of its own scientists" by
> secretly capturing "thousands of e-mails that the disgruntled scientists
> sent
> privately to members of Congress, lawyers, labor officials, journalists and
> even President Obama."
>     The agency, using so-called spy software designed to help employers
> monitor workers, captured screen images from the government laptops of the
> five scientists as they were being used at work or at home. The software
> tracked their keystrokes, intercepted their personal e-mails, copied the
> documents on their personal thumb drives and even followed their messages
> line by line as they were being drafted, the documents show.
> This surveillance resulted in more than 80,000 pages of computer documents.
> After reviewing them, The New York Times wrote [20], "The documents
> captured
> in the surveillance effort - including confidential letters to at least a
> half-dozen Congressional offices and oversight committees, drafts of legal
> filings and grievances, and personal e-mails - were posted on a public Web
> site, apparently by mistake, by a private document-handling contractor that
> works for the F.D.A."
> That accidental find of the database by a scientist takes us back to
> Rambam's
> quote about databases being used for "unintended purposes." It also
> highlights the truth of Binney's claims at HOPE that censorship and
> monitoring is alive and well in the USA.
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