Top NSA officials have come out and described Post 9/11 America worse than the “East German surveillance state mentality” and what the “SS, the Gestapo, the Stasi, the KGB, and the NKVD did. ”
Senior NSA official Bill Binney is a expert on Soviet spying and has spent decades studying history while trying to counter the repressive Soviet mass surveillance program.
Binney also is the senior technical director within the agency who championed the NSA’s global digital data gathering program which oversees thousands of NSA employees.
Binney told reason that – after 9/11 – America implemented the same type of system used by the Soviets and other authoritarian regimes:
“Where I see it going is toward a totalitarian state,” says William Binney. “You’ve got the NSA doing all this collecting of material on all of its citizens – that’s what the SS, the Gestapo, the Stasi, the KGB, and the NKVD did.”
“They took that program designed [to prevent terrorist attacks] and used it to spy on American citizens and everyone else in the world,”Said Binney.
Senior NSA executive Thomas Drake is an expert on spying in Stasi Germany … having studied it for years.
Drake told Washington’s Blog that the U.S. has adopted the Stasi model:
“Collect it all, know it all” [the NSA’s model] is actually the Stasi model. It’s not just know everything; we have to be able to keep everything that we want to know, even if we don’t know it yet.
It’s a collect it all first mentality … and then we’ll get to know it all. I call it “feeding the beast”.
I keep shuddering because I’m intimately familiar with the East German surveillance state mentality.
Wall Street Journal reporter Julia Angwin (who’s been one of the best at covering the surveillance state in the US) also said: the US surveillance regime has more data on the average American than the Stasi ever did on East Germans.