January 16, 2015
Comment by Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist, Oath Keeper and Patriot.
Operation Thin Tread was also morphed into Operation Stellar Wind.
It was uncovered through the document dump of Wiki-Leaks courtesy of Edward Snowden, whistle blower and patriot.
Former NSA director, William Binney comes clean.
A shocking exposé of how the George W. Bush administration used every angle possible, including extortion of the New York Times if they ran with the story, legal and illegal to keep this operation ongoing which randomly with no warrant required tapped the phones and emails of individuals in the U.S. rather than calls that were made or received from countries known to support terrorism.
As a positive for President Bush, when he was first confronted with the illegality the clearly acted as though the project was begun about one week before he knew about it. He called an immediate halt to “Operation Thin Thread,” but was convinced by others on his staff, the CIA, the military, and the FBI that it was needed as it would save thousands of lives.
When attorneys within the Bush Administration advised the programs were illegal, they found new ones who agreed with the administration.
Finally they decided upon asking a federal court judge to approve it. The did so and using questionable logic from an earlier Supreme Court ruling authorized it.
Bush bought it and put the operation back in play.
NSA Veterans Expose Shocking History of US Illegal Surveillance Program.
It’s been over a year since the groundbreaking documents were released by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, detailing a massive surveillance apparatus collecting the electronic communications of entire populations.
The proof positive spying story sparked a global discussion reevaluating state power and a groundswell of privacy advocates.
However, years before Snowden’s damning disclosures, two former NSA insiders had also blown the whistle on the dragnet spying regime. Bill Binney was NSA Technical Director from 1965 to 2001 and Kirk Wiebe was Senior Analyst within the NSA from 1975 to 2001. They both resigned after 9/11, outraged by the unconstitutional assertions of power within the agency.
As a pioneer of the now-defunct ‘Thin Thread’ program, which upheld the privacy of US citizens, Binney broke away from the NSA after witnessing the erosion of privacy rights under the banner of national security. Wiebe, equally disgusted by the NSA’s blatant disregard for the rule of law, left his post in protest against the indiscriminate violations unfolding outside the view of the American public.
More than a decade into the “War on Terror”, it’s startlingly clear that civil liberties are under attack. And in the digital age where telecommunications continue to play a more central role in our everyday lives, the NSA’s expanding net of surveillance poses a grave threat to free and open societies worldwide.
“It’s like the Wizard of Oz. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. That’s what game they’re playing.” –Bill Binney
Two Top NSA Veterans Expose Shocking History of Illegal Spying
AM: Bill, you were one of the creators of the pre-9/11 data collection surveillance program called ‘Thin Thread’ which actually did have privacy protections instated for American citizens. Why was this program abandoned and what kind of system replaced it?
BB: Well it actually wasn’t abandoned. The back part of the analysis part, the part that allowed them to deal with massive amounts of data and index it was taken in to manage, that was the way that they were able to build surveillance on the entire world.