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Whistleblower: NSA stores 80% of all phone calls, not just metadata - full audio

Published time: July 12, 2014 12:25
Edited time: July 13, 2014 14:01
Reuters/Pawel Kopczynski

Reuters/Pawel Kopczynski

At least 80 percent of all audio calls are gathered and stored by the NSA, whistleblower William Binney has revealed. The former code-breaker says the spy agency’s ultimate aim is no less than total population control.

The National Security Agency lies about what it stores, said William Binney, one of the highest profile whistleblowers to ever emerge from the NSA, at a conference in London organized by the Center for Investigative Journalism on July 5. Binney left the agency shortly after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center because he was disgusted at the organizations move towards public surveillance.

Former technical director of the National Security Agency (NSA) William Binney (Reuters/Thomas Peter)

“At least 80 percent of fiber-optic cables globally go via the US,” Binney said. “This is no accident and allows the US to view all communication coming in. At least 80 percent of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the US. The NSA lies about what it stores.”

Binney has no evidence to substantiate his claims as he did not take any documents with him when he left the NSA. However, he insists the organization is untruthful about its intelligence gathering practices and their ultimate aim. He says that recent Supreme Court decisions have led him to believe the NSA won’t stop until it has complete control over the population.

“The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control,” Binney said, “but I’m a little optimistic with some recent Supreme Court decisions, such as law enforcement mostly now needing a warrant before searching a smartphone.”

During his speech at the conference, Binney praised spy-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden for disseminating the classified documents that revealed the NSA’s global spy programs. The latest revelations showed that contrary to the NSA’s claims, the majority of information the agency gathers is from ordinary citizens with no connection to terrorism.

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Washington has defended its spy programs, claiming that the NSA targets individuals with connections to known terrorist groups to thwart attacks. Binney said this was a lie and the NSA had stopped “zero attacks” with its intelligence gathering programs.

One of the main factors that has allowed the NSA to increase its spy programs is the lack of oversight in the US, argues Binney. In particular, he took issue with the Foreign Surveillance Court (FISA), which oversees the issue of search warrants against people suspected of terrorism. Binney believes the court is meaningless and always sides with the US government.

“The Fisa court has only the government’s point of view,” he said. “There are no other views for the judges to consider. There have been at least 15-20 trillion constitutional violations for US domestic audiences and you can double that globally.”

Revelations about US global spy programs have sparked mass indignation, with one American judge saying the surveillance was almost Orwellian in nature. German Chancellor Angela Merkel also compared US intelligence policy to the antics of the Stasi secret police in the former East Germany.

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Comments (62)


Serf 27.07.2014 13:04

Jim Stone is ex NSA and he has lots of useful information on his website with insightful analysis. It's not just NSA, GCHQ and the other alphabet soup agencies but other less well known ones as well. See online 'jimstonefreelance spooky stuff'.


James 14.07.2014 19:04

Mr Vision 14.07.2014 03:20

I hope it's worth listening to a 90 minute conversation between my mother and my aunt about a nasty last month period and cellulite in area's you really don't want to see.


Actually the telephone conversation with your loved ones is of great interest to the NSA and GCHQ, if you become politically active or merely critical of neocon wars on the internet.

Y ou cannot underestimate what sort of scumbags they are. These degenerate toilet people in the NSA/GCHQ will use your private info for cointelpro and organised stalking harassment.


Andrew Agacki 14.07.2014 16:55

Most government agencies have Twitter accounts. Personally I like to join them and message them at least once a day. I find that the best time to do this, and quite frankly do anything on Twitter is while on the toilet. Nothing threatening mind you, just Haiku or help desk questions, like "is that implant you put in my brain supposed to make that noise/interfere with other electronics/have WiFi/how do I change the channel..." etc. Remember, if you aren't on a watch list by now, YOU ARE doing something wrong.

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