NSA Whistleblower Accuses Agency Of "Mass Electronic Surveillance"

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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PrayingMantis Croesus Sat, 06/03/2017 - 18:52 Permalink

 ... NSA can perhaps surveil as much as they want against the world but they probably couldn't stop this >>> "Pentagon Reported In Total Fear After Russian “Super Weapon” Paralyzes Alaska Defenses" ... ... >>> ... "... An intriguing Ministry of Defense (MoD) report circulating in the Kremlin today says that the United States Department of Defence (DoD/Pentagon) was reduced to a state of “total fear” this week after the Khibiny Electronic Warfare System “super weapon” successfully paralyzed the entire North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) defenses over Alaska—an action personally authorized by President Putin who was enraged over an American magazine propaganda article that claimed “Russians are hopeless primitives from a medieval country”.  (https://www.rt.com/op-edge/385192-medieval-russia-media-vanity-fair/) ... " ... ... >>> ... " ... In retaliation against these Western elites seeking to instill in their citizen’s minds a belief that Russians aren’t human beings worthy of life, this report says, on Monday (17 April) President Putin (in his showing the West how “primitive” his people really are) ordered a Tu-95 Bear Strategic Bomber (http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/russias-blast-the-past-beware-the-tu-95-bear-strategic-13669) equipped with the Khibiny Electronic Warfare System “super weapon” to fly to the edge of NORAD’s Air Defence Identification Zone in Alaska—and when approached by American fighter aircraft, deploy its “electronic payload” to “devastating and paralyzing effect”—and that it did so much so, in fact, when this bomber returned the following day (18 April), no US fighter aircraft were even able to take off from their Alaskan airfields. (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/russian-bombers-alaska-fly-second-time-us-air-force-surveillance-plane-intercept-trump-putin-a7692271.html)Important to note, this report says, is that this is not the first time the Americans have been “punished” for their aggressive actions against the Federation by the Khibiny Electronic Warfare System “super weapon”—and that we had, also, previously noted in our 14 April 2016 report titled “Destroyed” US Warship Donald Cook In Baltic Sea Refuses Russian Offer Of Help” (http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index2027.htm) — wherein we detailed the 2014 Russian Khibiny Electronic Warfare System “super weapon” attack a)gainst the USS Donald Cook AEGIS Warship in the Black Sea that was so devastating, 27 US Navy officers filed for immediate resignation. (http://www.veteranstoday.com/2014/11/13/aegis-fail-in-black-sea-ruskies-burn-down-uss-donald-duck/) ...... >>> ... " ... Likewise, in our 23 March 2015 report titled “Terrified US Aircraft Carrier Flees From Russian Subs To UK Safety” (http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index1853.htm), we detailed the Russian Khibiny Electronic Warfare System “super weapon” that uses “Magrav technology” — and that in a shock 2012 move, then President Barack Obama banned from being used by the American military, ... " ...... >>> ... " ... Following the successful takedown of NORAD’s air defenses over Alaska using the Khibiny Electronic Warfare System “super weapon”, this new MoD report continues, President Putin further authorized the first in history reporting (on 19 April) to the outside world of these “magrav technology” weapons (http://tass.com/defense/942027) now being deployed and developed by the Federation---but that the propaganda Western media is failing to fully, or honestly, inform their peoples about; choosing, instead, to publish misleading articles such as London’s The Sun whose headline reads: “Russia Claims It Can Wipe Out Entire US Navy With A Single ‘Electronic Bomb’ In Bizarre Propaganda Report”. (https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3360129/russia-wipe-out-us-navy-electronic-bomb/) ... " ...... >>> ... " ... Far from being a “bizarre propaganda report” as The Sun reports, however, this report concludes, President Putin’s motives in releasing the information about the full and devastating power of these new “magrav technology” weapons, and giving the Americans a lesson in Alaska of what will happen should war begin, is meant to dissuade the West from the insane course of global conflict it is currently on—but if not stopped, will see Federation aircraft from the top-secret Trefoil military base in the Arctic Circle (http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-19/russia-reveals-pics-top-secret-arctic-base-filled-reindeer-riding-special-forces) descend upon the military might of the West and destroy it all in a matter of days, if not hours. ... " ...... more here >>> http://www.whatdoesitmean.com/index2285.htm;)

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PrayingMantis el buitre Sat, 06/03/2017 - 22:33 Permalink

 ... I understand your concern as we have our own choices and prerogatives who to trust when it comes to "almost-secret" information (short of classified noforn) , however, I'd trust VT before I'd even consider looking at NYT articles mainly because VT's staff are mostly US Veterans who might be "in the know" about US almost-classified info  ... ... there's one news provider "Voltaire Network" that's non-profit and most-likely unbiased with their news approach (which we could hardly say about US MSM) ... here's perhaps a better link for you ... >>> http://www.voltairenet.org/article185860.html >>> "What spooked the USS Donald Cook so much in the Black Sea?"... >>> in the article, it mentions this ...... >>> ... "This article was first published by Voltairenet in other languages in September 2014.The State Department acknowledged that the crew of the destroyer USS Donald Cook has been gravely demoralized ever since their vessel was flown over in the Black Sea by a Russian Sukhoi-24 (Su-24) fighter jet which carried neither bombs nor missiles but only an electronic warfare device. ... " ...... and near the bottom of the article, it stated ... " ... According to some specialized media, 27 sailors from the USS Donald Cook requested to be relieved from active service. ... " ...;)

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TeethVillage88s PrayingMantis Sat, 06/03/2017 - 19:45 Permalink

I suppose placed in context of what does it mean... technology is changing so fast that it is near impossible to know what the next battle field will look like or be like...

Leading to conclusions

- We must beat Russia, China, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Mali, Norther Africa, and Venezuela in the next 8 years or it will be too late to dominate all or part of them
- What beating them means or looks like could be a set of Answers

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lolmao500 Sat, 06/03/2017 - 18:19 Permalink

Well duh. All texts, conversations, emails, internet history, are recorded. With every number/email adress... linking them all together, so when they need to know stuff about you, they call the NSA and know EVERYTHING about you.

Ignatius Sat, 06/03/2017 - 18:25 Permalink

Surveillance:  Everybody all the time, with particular attention paid to those who pose a clear and present threat to the current power structure.  Knowledge is power and they want all of it.

Secret Weapon Sat, 06/03/2017 - 18:24 Permalink

Uncle Sam lied to us?  How shocked am I supposed to be?  By the way, unemployment is low, inflation is non-existant and there are green fucking shoots everywhere.  (So do I need the fucking sarc tag?)

Ms No Sat, 06/03/2017 - 18:25 Permalink

What is weird is that the fund and import the terrorists, so what the hell are they really looking for?  Off duty cops that might shoot one of their spooks in the face when they try to pull some false flag terrorism?  Are they just testing it out so that they are ready for full situational awareness against citizens when TSHTF?  Whatever they are doing they are not in the business of stopping terrorism.

Solio Sat, 06/03/2017 - 18:37 Permalink

They must watch the People that are awasre of Them and their myriad crimes against the nation, humanity, and especially the Children because, just because.

mary mary Sat, 06/03/2017 - 18:44 Permalink

Michael Hayden is The Giant Big Head.(Anyone with half an I.Q. has figured out that Hayden's NSA Utah Facility perverts are spying on everybody, everywhere.)

scoutshonor Sat, 06/03/2017 - 18:50 Permalink

alleged back in 201, long before Edward Snowden emerged on the scene, ~~~~That was long before Snowden--I wonder if Septimus Serverus wa O.K wid it?

SummerSausage Sat, 06/03/2017 - 19:24 Permalink

Hayden is one of the most venom filled anti-Trumpers on the planet.  He's a commenter on CNN who has repeatedly ridiculed Trump for claiming he was spied upon or that NSA/FBI/CIA was spying on Americans.Although he was a 4 star general it was all for spy work. He never saw combat.Leader of the Swamp.

TeethVillage88s Sat, 06/03/2017 - 19:31 Permalink

Again! That Drake what a character. He won't let go. Got a pic? I forgot what he looks like.

"NSA Whistleblower Accuses Agency Of "Mass Electronic Surveillance"

- Utah Data center is shaped like a vagina in profile
- BTW US Military is recruiting foreigners and Sikhs to colonize or Anglicize USA
- US had Brit Banking, Corporations, Prisons, Trade Economy, Exported Jobs, Off Shore financial Centers, Military Traditions, Anti-Trust, Lobbying in Politics, Endless Money in Politics, No Term Limits, Powerless Peons, Endless Wars for the Queen, and foreigners here to tighten up the rule of law
- Useless Fiat that deflates causing inflation in every damn thing
- Housing Bubbles to extract wealth, transfer wealth, stimulate fiat economy
- Strategy of Tension from 2000 Election of G.W.B
- Spying by NSA has been in plain sight since the Director Lied in Public to Congress and looked like he was lying

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikhs_in_the_United_States_military

WillyGroper Sat, 06/03/2017 - 19:40 Permalink

glad to hear Drake is still with us.  he dropped out of sight for a while as did Chip Tatum.they've hammered the cornbread hell out of that man.   it's so ingrained in his face.

thisguyoverhere Sat, 06/03/2017 - 19:49 Permalink

Look up D wave corporation, they make the quantum computers compiling all of this data.

Its used to predictively track all of us as nodes in a predictive algorithm program. This article barely scratches the surface.

The last two quantum computers sold by D-wave were to CERN.

They are terraforming our planet in conjunction with the above activities. What or who they are terraforming the planet for, thats an interesting question.

Also combine that with the wave form technology being used. Its everywhere. It can be used to alter people's emotions, thought patterns and induce altered states. They can do this through your local cell phone tower.

Gohigher thisguyoverhere Sun, 06/04/2017 - 09:52 Permalink

All forms of media (stimulus/response) are used to build the AI from all of the data grabbing algorithms in the machines. You are just a node in the shape of the wave, out in the pool.

Pretty soon, MATRIX and SKYNET. Specific actions will deliver chosen outcomes. Ahhhh those comfy chains.... ooohhhh.

I just won't live long enough to see that awesome guaranteed minimum wage control check.......

Red pills and "napalm in the morning, smells like Victory".

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Anonymous (not verified) Sat, 06/03/2017 - 20:24 Permalink

 Almost all the world’s economic and political problems revolve around the hegemony of a global corporate cartel, which is headquartered in the US because this is where their dominant military force resides. The US Constitution is therefore the “kingpin” of an all-inclusive global financial empire. These fictitious entities now own the USA and command its military infrastructure by virtue of the Federal Reserve Corporation, regulatory capture, MSM propaganda, and congressional lobbying.   The Founders had to fight a bloody Revolutionary War to win our right to incorporate as a nation – the USA. But then, for whatever reason, our Founders granted the greediest businessmen among them unrestricted corporate charters with enough potential capital & power to compete with the individual states, smaller sovereign nations, and eventually to buy out the USA itself. The only way The People can regain our sovereignty as a constitutional republic now is to severely curtail the privileges of any corporation doing business here. To remain sovereign we have to stop granting corporate charters to just any “suit” that comes along without fulfilling a defined social value in return. The "Divine Right Of Kings” should not apply to fictitious entities just because they are “Too Big To Fail”. We can't afford to privatize our Treasury to transnational banks anymore. Government must be held responsible only to the electorate, not fictitious entities; and banks must be held responsible to the government if we are ever to restore sanity, much less prosperity, to the world.   It was a loophole in our Constitution that allowed corporate charters to be so easily obtained that a swamp of corruption inevitably flooded our entire economic system. It is a swamp that can't be drained at this point because the Constitution doesn’t provide a drain. This 28th amendment is intended to install that drain so Congress can pull the plug ASAP. As a matter of political practicality we must rely on the Article 5 option to do this, for which the electorate will need overwhelming consensus beforehand. Seriously; an Article 5 Constitutional Convention is rapidly becoming our only sensible option. This is what I think it will take to save the world; and nobody gets hurt: 28th Amendment   Corporations are not persons in any sense of the word and shall be granted only those rights and privileges that Congress deems necessary for the well-being of the People. Congress shall provide legislation defining the terms and conditions of corporate charters according to their purpose; which shall include, but are not limited to: 1, prohibitions against any corporation; a, owning another corporation, b, becoming economically indispensable or monopolistic, or c, otherwise distorting the general economy; 2, prohibitions against any form of interference in the affairs of; a, government, b, education, c, news media, or d, healthcare, and 3, provisions for; a, the auditing of standardized, current, and transparent account books, and b, the establishment of a state and municipal-owned banking system c, civil and criminal penalties to be suffered by corporate executives for violation of the terms of a corporate charter.    

gcjohns1971 Anonymous (not verified) Sun, 06/04/2017 - 08:46 Permalink

Well, now.That's the question.  Isn't it?Is the rot from the titans of indusrty, which you see today?  Or are they merely those most adept at getting on-board?   Except the foundations for the present corruption were laid lifetimes before their companies were founded.  And the foundations have been supported wit h steady purpose and policy for over a century.Is it the Government?  Or are they merely figureheads greedily profiting from a corruption not of their creation?  Is it even possible for such governments with limited membership and terms to maintain such steady policy drift?  Such steady purpose over centuries?Or is it private individuals with enormous power and wealth operating stealthily in the background by dedicating their wealth to family plans laid before their births?To the degree that I've discovered there absolutely exist such powerful families, and the other two don't fit well with unity of purpose...I suspect that, mad as it seems, this last night be actual.

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DuneCreature Sat, 06/03/2017 - 20:46 Permalink

EVERYONE Is in the mass surveillance and blackmail business anymore.

Private 'security businesses' like P-Tech, Blackwater. DynCorpse, The NSA, CIA and your local StingRay toting highway patrolman.

And of course, the grand daddy of them all, the Israelis and Operation Talpiot.

Blackmail and Extortion.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6jF2xTcVYQ

And then there is always the FBI and the Clintons watching and waiting for their chance to move in and suck your blood:
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-01/debbie-wasserman-schultz-uses-…

Live Hard, This Is Planet Pirate Ship And You Are The Cargo, Die Free

~ Dc v6.0

TeethVillage88s DuneCreature Sat, 06/03/2017 - 21:43 Permalink

In Loving Memory of Zbignew Brzezinski we should all look over

- Geopolitical Implications of Operation Talpiot
- the study of the effects of economic geography on the powers of the state
- Realpolitik
- Realpolitik is politics or diplomacy based primarily on considerations of given circumstances and factors, rather than explicit ideological notions or moral and ethical premises
- other fancy-pants words used by Germany, Europe, and International Relations Experts from the Washington DC area
- Geostrategy
- Long Term Strategic Planning with selected Allies as part of the plan
- Plans of Empires, Past Strategies
- Place of Fiat which deflates in Domestic, Foreign, Trade, Planning the Defense and Expansion of Empire
- Use of the Idea of Globalism, Global Govt, Global Currencies, and threats in public like Terrorism, Climate Change, Peak Oil, Peak Gas, Peak Water, Peak Warfighter/Warrior, effects of soft living and expanded middle class on National Security/ Empire Security/ Global Security
- Use of Gurkas, Sikhs, foreign Fighters in the US Military & Empire as well as Global Govt

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikhs_in_the_United_States_military

I got nothing.

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