According to whistleblower and 30-year veteran of the National Security Agency (NSA) Bill Binney, the President’s tweets regarding being ‘wiretapped’ by the previous administration are likely perfectly accurate.
The thing is, the NSA’s collection of digital and phone data on U.S. citizens is not legal. They’re supposed to be focused on surveillance of foreign entities who make contact with those in the U.S. But purely domestic surveillance and the storage of such data is not allowed.
So, the intelligence community has to deny any allegations that suggest they were ‘spying’ on Donald Trump, his campaign, and/or his transition team. Binney said that while the intelligence community could prove or disprove Trump’s claims, they’d rather stay out of it, because “that would get into the extent of which they’ve penetrated the network inside the United States.”
Bill Binney said they most likely were spying on him, just as they’ve done with every other American since 2001.
He brought up a program inside NSA that, according to another whistleblower, spies on all U.S. national politicians:
“There’s another program going on here that not too many people are talking about, they’re not even addressing it – I think you were trying to get at it with your previous guest. Inside NSA, there’s a set of people who are – and we got this from another NSA whistleblower who witnessed some of this – they’re inside there, they’re targeting and looking at all the members of the Supreme Court, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Congress, both House and Senate, as well as the White House.
“And all this data is there inside NSA in a small group where they’re looking at it. The idea is to see what people who have power over you, what they think, what they think you should be doing, or what they’re planning to do, to you, your budget, or whatever, so you can try to counteract it before it actually happens.”
It looks like Trump’s being surveilled was only the tip of the iceberg. His surveillance may have been ‘incidental,’ just like I’m sure the NSA would argue their surveillance of every other American is also ‘incidental.’
I highly doubt the NSA would conduct such illegal surveillance of people inside and outside of government without having some team of lawyers who have concocted a legal justification for it. That way, they can claim that what they’re doing is perfectly ‘legal.’
I think that Binney left out some key element here of the NSA’s true motive in collecting such data, especially from those in government. It’s not so much that they want to know what these politicians are thinking, or what they’re going to do with the budget – that might be part of it – but the more obvious motive would be blackmail.
Just think of how easy it would be to keep an entire government under control simply by knowing damning information on everyone. You ever wonder why it’s nearly impossible for anything to truly change in government, regardless of which party has the majority? Trump was supposed to ‘drain the swamp,’ and while there appears to be some changes taking place, those in leadership positions are trying their darndest to keep everything as is.
I wonder what the NSA has on Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell. (And Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.) That would certainly explain a lot.
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