Processing Distortion: “Early NSA Whistleblower on Snowden’s Summer of Leaks”

Peter B. Collins Presents NSA Whistleblower Mark Klein


Mark Klein was among the first to expose the NSA's domestic wiretapping efforts. The former A T & T technician watched the construction of the secret switching room at the telecom's facility on Folsom Street in San Francisco, and described it in detail in his book, Wiring Up the Big Brother Machine....And Fighting It. In this wide ranging conversation, Klein displays deep knowledge of the surveillance state, and offers many candid comments. He praises Ed Snowden for his disclosures, embraces proposals to repeal the Patriot Act and the FISA Amendments laws of 2008 and 2012, and calls for the FISA court to be dismantled. Klein is not afraid to call out the lies of Obama, Clapper and Alexander. While he supports a deep investigation and reform of our rogue intelligence agencies, he doesn't believe the current Congress is capable of real reform, and is especially critical of Senate Intelligence chair Dianne Feinstein.

*Mark Klein worked for A T & T for 22 years, and is retired. His book is available at Amazon.com

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Processing Distortion: “Exposing the Appalling Corruption, Cronyism & Cover-Ups at NSA”

Peter B. Collins Presents NSA Whistleblower William Binney & the Nation’s Journalist Tim Shorrock

NSA Whistleblower William Binney and journalist Tim Shorrock of The Nation joins us for an in-depth and riveting discussion on the illegal domestic surveillance, corruption, cronyism and cover-ups at NSA.

William Binney, who spent 35 years at National Security Agency and quit over illegal domestic surveillance, explains how inexperienced the outside contractors were in the process of spycraft, sounds a clear warning about the massive permanent collection of electronic communications, and much more. Tim Shorrock covers the profiteering by an array of well-connected defense contractors led by SAIC, the privatization of national security tasks that ballooned after 9/11, the revolving door history of top officials like Bill Black, who worked for SAIC right before he became #2 at NSA, and the role of director Michael Hayden in the promotion of Trailblazer and evading responsibility for its failure.

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The Deeper Meaning of Mass Spying in America

The Politics Behind the Police State

The exposure of the Obama regime’s use of the National Security Agency to secretly spy on the communications of hundreds of millions of US and overseas citizens has provoked world-wide denunciations.

In the United States, despite widespread mass media coverage and the opposition of civil liberties organizations, there has not been any mass protest. Congressional leaders from both the Republican and Democratic Parties, as well as top judges, approved of the unprecedented domestic spy program.. Even worse, when the pervasive spy operations were revealed, top Senate and Congressional leaders repeated their endorsement of each and every intrusion into all electronic and written communication involving American citizens. President Obama and his Attorney General Holder openly and forcefully defended the NSA’s the universal spy operations. [Read more...]

Our National Symptoms-Chasing Yoyo Syndrome

…And Corrupt System of No-Checks & Many-Imbalances

yoyoI go on line and check out the major newspaper headlines, and to my delight there is a TSA related headline or two in every one. In the last few days two in every three e-mails I’ve received (and I receive hundreds a day) carry TSA related heads up or action items in their subject lines. The blogosphere has been simmering with the same outrageous issue. Yet the entire thing gives me pause. A long one. The pattern, the order, the intensity, the lingo, the reaction…all remind me of something or some things. It is a bit, maybe more than a bit, like a sense of déjà vu. The feeling that we’ve been here; more than once, actually many times. Make that too many times. I keep thinking of a yoyo. In fact, I can’t get the image of a yoyo out of my head. I am asking myself, and you, the following question: Are we Americans exhibiting yoyo-like and short-lived reactions? In short-lived jerky motions?

Let’s step back for a second and take a look at this consistent pattern:

NSA illegal wiretapping of American citizens is exposed. We, some of us, are outraged. We can’t stop reading about it. We write about, talk about it, and blog about it nonstop. For a while. The media waits a little, then takes the cue, decides to ride the same wave, however selectively and reluctantly. For a while. The Congress follows the fashion. They are into fashion. They wear this particular fashion like a Halloween costume, over the top of their usual long-term clothing, with every intention of shedding it off at the end of the parade, as soon as it is announced out-of-fashion.

Within a few weeks the media goes back to ‘normal,’ and acts as if ‘it’ never happened, or, it happened but no longer carries newsworthiness since ‘it’ has become another ordinary fact of life to live with and forget it is even there. The Congress likes to remain fashionable. When the media stops, the costume is out-of-fashion; to be discarded. Their usual clothing underneath are ‘classics,’ politically that is, the kind that never go out of fashion, politically, that is. So they go back to the good old classics until the next fashion trend breaks in the news. During this phase, we the people gradually stop reading, talking, writing, and blogging about ‘it.’ We are exhausted from over-excitement. Frankly, we are bored with the topic. For weeks we all had run in the same direction; fast and furious. Everyone within our circle had covered the same ‘topic,’ and the topic started getting too familiar, too common, too ordinary, too tedious and too massive to go against. All in a very short time, but nonetheless. [Read more...]