"NSA Whistleblower: Everyone in US under virtual surveillance, all info stored, no matter the post," reported RT after interviewing William Binney. RT said this is being done under the "Terrorist Surveillance Program" which is probably better known as NSA warrantless wiretapping. But Binney also named and blamed the FBI this time:
The FBI has access to the data collected, which is basically the emails of virtually everybody in the country. And the FBI has access to it. All the congressional members are on the surveillance too, no one is excluded. They are all included. So, yes, this can happen to anyone. If they become a target for whatever reason - they are targeted by the government, the government can go in, or the FBI, or other agencies of the government, they can go into their database, pull all that data collected on them over the years, and we analyze it all. So, we have to actively analyze everything they've done for the last 10 years at least.
Yes, we've heard versions of these claims before. At Def Con, Dark Tangent, aka Jeff Moss now with the Homeland Security Advisory Council, flat-out asked NSA Chief General Keith Alexander, "So does the NSA really keep a file on everyone, and if so, how can I see mine?" Alexander replied, "No, we don't. Absolutely not. Anybody who tells you we're keeping files or dossiers on the American people knows that's not true."
Binney then claimed the NSA Chief was being deceptive by playing word games. "Although Alexander was 'technically' accurate, Binney said, 'This thing about not keeping track of every American is absolutely true. They missed a few. That's the kind of word game they play. I've been in that business for a long time'."
But according to the newest interview transcript, when asked about people who say they don't care about this surveillance or collection because they are not doing anything wrong and have nothing to hide, Binney said:
The problem is if they think they are not doing anything that's wrong, they don't get to define that. The central government does, the central government defines what is right and wrong and whether or not they target you. So, it's not up to the individuals. Even if they think they aren't doing something wrong, if their position on something is against what the administration has, then they could easily become a target... (more)