NSA Whistleblower Accuses Agency Of "Mass Electronic Surveillance"

Tyler Durden's picture

While former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney was burnishing his credentials as a master of the corporate turnaround during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, US intelligence agencies were testing out their capabilities for mass electronic surveillance according to a recent Associated Press report. Ex-NSA spy Thomas Drake has alleged as much in a statement filed in support of a lawsuit brought by former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson. Anderson has said that the lawsuit is designed to get more information about what he calls covert, illegal operations.

Drake wrote in the declaration, released Friday, that the NSA collected and stored virtually all electronic communications going into or out of Salt Lake, including contents of texts and emails, something which another famous NSA whistleblower and former senior NSA crypto-mathematician, William Binney, alleged back in 201, long before Edward Snowden emerged on the scene, when he explained how the NSA's Utah Data Center soaks up and retains every form of electronic communication, also known as the NSa's Project Stellar Wind.

Here’s Drake, as quoted by the AP:

"Officials in the NSA and FBI viewed the Salt Lake Olympics Field Op as a golden opportunity to bring together resources from both agencies to experiment with and fine tune a new scale of mass surveillance," Drake wrote.

If Drake’s account is accurate, this would directly contradict statements about the intelligence agencies’ conduct during the 2002 Winter Games which took place shortly after the September 11th terror attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, including testimony from one of most infamous prevaricators, former NSA and CIA chief Michael Hayden, who denied in court documents that the program existed.

Current NSA operations director Wayne Murphy said in court documents that NSA surveillance in Salt Lake City was limited to international communications in which at least one participant was reasonably believed to be associated with foreign terrorist groups.

Drake however disputed these statements, writing that he spoke with colleagues who worked on the operation and were concerned about its legality. He said he also saw documents showing surveillance equipment being directed to the Utah program.The NSA has argued the lawsuit’s claims are far-fetched speculation about a program that may never have existed. Still, a judge refused a DOJ request to dismiss the lawsuit in January, suggesting some exciting discovery material may be revealed in the future.

The suit is yet another campaign to unveil the means by which the Deep State conducts mass surveillance both at home and abroad, that’s gathered renewed interest since President Trump took office – stoked by a flurry of anonymously sourced stories out of the WaPo-NYT-CNN media axis.

In March, Wikileaks released “Vault 7,” a collection of thousands of documents demonstrating the extent to which the CIA uses backdoors to hack smartphones, computer operating systems, messenger applications and internet-connected televisions.

An intelligence source quoted by WSJ said that Wikileaks revelations “were far more significant than the leaks of Edward Snowden." WSJ adds:

“Mr. Snowden’s leaks revealed names of programs, companies that assist the NSA in surveillance and in some cases the targets of American spying. But the recent leak purports to contain highly technical details about how surveillance is carried out. That would make them far more revealing and useful to an adversary, this person said. In one sense, Mr. Snowden provided a briefing book on U.S. surveillance, but the CIA leaks could provide the blueprints.”

Drake started working for the NSA in 2001 and blew the whistle on what he saw as a wasteful and invasive program. He was later prosecuted for keeping classified information. Most of the charges were dropped before trial in 2011, and he was sentenced to one year of probation.

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ky8's picture

I have a new one to add to your list: neighbor crime watch

RozKo's picture

Are you on the red list or the blue list? Doesn't really matter when things finally let loose, everybody will be targeted one way or another and not just by the stormtroopers. What will be happening will be biblical and the very foundations of good and evil brought forth, CERN is the bottomless pit....

TeethVillage88s's picture

Well Question here from a dumb bloke.

How many lists are there?

Michael Snyder published an article saying there was like 150 Lists.

search fail: host:zerohedge.com +Snyder+getting+150+lists+you+on+Michael Snyder+150+lists+you+on+Michael



Anyway color codes... Green, Blue, Red,

I think blue means you have blue balls and are beating off

yellowsub's picture

So the question is, who policies the police when these operations become so secretive only a handful know.

We're screwed when these spy agencies apparently have checks and balance or have any accountability.

Yet people think their civil libery preservation is on top of their list...

uhland62's picture

The police is not supposed to be policed. But it hasn't been a secret for a while that all communications worldwide is under surveillance. Close to 10 years ago I saw someting on TV about it and the interviewee said that even baby monitors are monitored because you cannot tolerate any communication channels that are NOT monitored.

Get used to it - STASIland 2.0. 

Westcoastliberal's picture

See guys, these lying mfers will always say one thing and do another, that's why guys like Snowden, Assange, and Manning are so important.  They show the mfers up for the liars they truly are.  We should be building monuments to honor their sacrifices.

DonGenaro's picture

the ability to monitor your enemies is of little use if they number in the MILLIONS.

listen-away, you dick-less pantywaists.

Hammer of Light's picture

The Sunday RANT ~ Ghost's in my machines!

Old Navy will tell all of you - they're all up in our lives as illegally as it gets. We're ALL on a list now.



Also - under MERIT Computer Network -

Now they're bouncing off of Amazon in Frankfurt Germany to get us US citizens.

Since I'm just blasting this info out in every direction to mass audiences, I can see from the old top I set up for them to spy on me with they are changing up rather quickley. The main CIA / NSA / DHS was coming out of Seattle from their Amazon NOC hub. BTW YOU'RE EASY TO SPOT YOU AMAZON CIA LIBTARDS! ahh... that was good! I burped and farted  and thought of you Amazon!

This E.I. du Pont Nemours is a CIA front. I've got Halliburton, Zerox, IBM, Los Alamos Labs all sorts of DHS and agency cocks watching my every move and these actions which we have now found to be absolutely true in my situation as are many MANY OTHERS are as criminal as it gets. COMCAST, TIME WARNER, ATT, VERIZON, GOOGLE, FACEBOOK and AMAZON ARE ABSOLUTELY INVOLVED AT THE HIGHEST POSSIBLE ORDER. We've been reverse tracking them for some time now and logging every damned inch of it.

Every time I log in to just about anything, they're there monitoring all my keystrokes, in all of my emails, they are literally destroying relationships and business deals now, it's gotten this diseased criminal. The deep state is in DEEP SHIT right now and they know for a fact it's time we rise up and begin to simply remove them in every way possible. FREEDOM IS NOT FREE people.

I've got these sick people all over my old laptop, (the one I SET YOU UP WITH) they're in my bank accounts, hell even websites that are tied into just basic things like art and my work which they are absolutely destroying relationships, intercepting phone calls, intercepting emails to make sure people can't contact me or do business with me. I had a guy tell me some time back that he was contacted by DHS and told me they said I was on a terrorist watch list and not to do business with me when I was trying to buy a boat. http://www.apolloduck.com/ is CIA as well -

If I find the perp's who are doing this, I will flatly terminate your existence professionally, while blowing this whole damn thing up publicly. I'd love to see ALL of Langley and DHS with empty cups in their hands while removing 30 million of you useless tax parasites from the government payrolls.

These evil pricks are out to get many of us because WE KNOW WHAT THEY ARE - EVIL - UNJUST and criminal terrorists inside our government now turning the apparatus fully on our own. Clapper... you sick lying traitor should be SHOT IN THE FACE for what you've done you treasonous maggot.

I'll be shocked if this post even stays up or even gets onto the real web and not the "holoweb". Yeah they're going that far now. CIA and NSA are all over this site and in all your lives BANK ON THAT. There is now a web within the web I've found.

Look up what "foxacid" does - Death to Tyranny I say - defund these fucking trolling maggots and kill them all where it hurts... their wallets. NO MONEY NO AGENCY - DESTROY THEM ALL for their crimes against their own by defunding. It's time for a tax revolution people.

With these out of control agencies, it's like watching a snake eat it's own tail now. The real question is, will the snake eat it's own tail and will the head eat the head? The snake is in fact eating its own tail now that much is clear. As for what's in all your machines, these creatures are trolling about, managing people on a one to one basis with criminal government agents who are there to manage your life's disruption. Me personally, this is not freedom, this is tyranny on a grand scale, and those who are doing this should be flatly killed one and all if they are willingly going along with these crimes. These activities are the MOST ANTI-AMERICAN you can get. Those sworn to protect us take a fat lumping nasty thumper dumper and wipe their asses with the laws and Consittution they're sworn to protect. What a bunch of farcial mobsters who've taken over.

As for following illegal order to those of you no doubt readign this updated post, just because you're ordered to do something by a higher up does not make it legal. DO NOT FOLLOW ILLEGAL ORDERS because you that are, we are going to find you and deal with you when all this comes cradzshing down.  These agencies are not the only ones who know how to get to people. If congress refuses which they will to act, it is left to the towns-folks to rise up and begin removing the evil they are. If you people truly want another 1776 on your hands, you're going to get it. WHO IN THE HELL IS IN CHARGE PEOPLE?

What say you congress? Oops, that's right, two thrids of you are FUCKIGN PEDOPHILES coverign for you diseased Clintons and well, all you pedo's have all the ghost's in your machines too and they've got REAL dirt on you unlike me all of what they've got is posts' about my comments on their evil. GO FUCK YOURSELF CIA/ NSA/DHS and especially CONGRESS! All you illegal order following fucks what ought to be shot at dawn on a firing line. Nothing but a bunch of cheap pathetic pissed stained yellow cowards.

The best way to remove ghost's from your machine is to remove the machine itself. The "machine" is Langley, the FRAUD of DHS, CIA -

TAX REVOLUTION 1776 2.0 ~ Semper Fortis - Semper Fi -


It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong ~ Voltaire


P.S. To Michael Haydon - you Michael have committed treason as well as many of under your watch. YOU are a treasonous fuck and in my view for such treason should be given the choice of death by firing squad or a life sentence in Leavenworth. YOU Michael are a TOP lying chief architect of the real terrorism in the world and should die a traitors death for turning on America. Oh man would I like to see you in the general population of Leavenworth being used as a human toilet until your screaming dying last breaths from being raped to death in your left eye socket by those skull fucking your brains out. "bad horror b roll moment"

I have ZERO sympathy for you. A cage is where you belong with the rest of your Stasi State Traitors. You people build the very terrorism that exists to justify having a budget. You manufacture it literally I mean to say and to make certain there is NO miscommunication in this specific wording. YOU INVENT TERRORISM SO THAT WE HAVE TO PAY FOR PROTECTION - Clearly this spy state is nothing more than a protection racket! I think it's literally as simple as that. ~ Hoorah ~

whosyerdaddy's picture

One of the best banzai7 toons ever was Michael Hayden standing pilsner glass of beer in hand, blazer clad looking particularly douchey and the caption was "Being an Asshole is what makes my manly essence".