NSA Dumped Automatic Privacy-Protecting System … Instead Adopting Program of Mass Surveillance On All Americans
The entire “privacy versus security” argument for spying by the NSA is hogwash.
We have also thoroughly documented – including interviewing the top NSA expert – that last December that it would be easy for the NSA to catch bad guys without spying on innocent Americans … all while strengthening America against security breaches.
There was a system in place at NSA which would have done all of that. But NSA instead switched to the current system which conducts mass surveillance on all Americans.
The following must-watch 5-minute clip from PBS Frontline show United States of Secrets shows how the “Thinthread” program would solve these problems, and why the “privacy versus security” debate is bogus (watch starting at the 25:12 mark and ending at 30:32):
So why did the NSA switch from the privacy-protecting system which worked to catch terrorists to one that spied on all Americans in violation of their constitutional rights?
Frontline explains (click here to go to the relevant clip):
NARRATOR: [Senior House Intelligence Committee staff between 1985-2002 Diane] Roark was summoned to the top deck at the NSA to meet with Director Hayden.
DIANE ROARK: My whole point in going there was to ask him why he had taken off the protections, the encryptions and the automated tracking. I asked this any number of times, and he always evaded answering. And I finally just decided I was not going to leave the room until I got an answer. And so I kept asking.
So about the fifth time, he looked down, and I remember he could not look me in the eye, and he said, “We have the power. We don’t need them.” And he made clear that the power he was referring to was the commander-in-chief’s chief’s wartime authority.
In other words, the Constitution was tossed out the window and all Americans have been subjected to Orwellian surveillance ever since – not because it’s necessary or even efficient – but simply because they decided that they had the raw power to do so.