NSA Whistleblower: Mass Surveillance Threatens Free Market Capitalism
William Binney warns government snooping will lead to stagnation of society
by Paul Joseph Watson | April 30, 2015
NSA whistleblower William Binney warns in a new exclusive Infowars interview that capitalism itself is under threat as a result of the fear and stagnation that is being generated by mass government surveillance.
Binney, a legendary NSA mathematician, developed much of the revolutionary logic and architecture that is now used to spy on everybody in the world. When the NSA decided to use his programs on U.S. citizens he became one of the biggest whistleblowers in the history of the federal agency.
During the interview, Binney emphasized one of the most important but often overlooked consequences of mass snooping – that the mere fear of potentially being under surveillance alters the behavior of the population, restricting expression and free market innovation.
“Just the effect that people are being surveilled inhibits their ability or feeling that they have the opportunity to do new and creative and innovative things, so that kind of reduces their risk taking, which in turn means you get less and less creativity and innovation and more and more stagnation of civilization,” said Binney.
“That’s what happened in the Soviet Union, that’s what happened in East Germany and the Communist bloc – they stagnated because people were being so surveilled….it made people afraid to take a risk – that’s really the point of capitalism and that’s why it’s been so successful because it was advocating people taking risks,” added Binney, noting that if people were not active participants in society then a totalitarian form of government would inevitably arise.
“What you think is totally irrelavant,” warned Binney, pointing out that the government will decide what constitutes suspicious activity when it comes to placing a person under blanket surveillance.
Binney, who was raided by the FBI at gunpoint in response to blowing the whistle, dropped a bombshell in 2012 when he revealed that the NSA was storing all electronic communications and analyzing them in real time.
During a sworn declaration to the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, Binney said that the federal agency, “has the capability to do individualized searches, similar to Google, for particular electronic communications in real time through such criteria as target addresses, locations, countries and phone numbers, as well as watch-listed names, keywords, and phrases in email.”
In the Infowars interview, Binney also revealed how he and Thomas Drake had crafted a program that would have stopped the 9/11 attacks, but that it was killed by the NSA because it wasn’t deemed expensive enough and was subsequently replaced with a more lucrative but ineffective program.
“They had a whole host of contractors that wanted to feed on all that money, and if you took the program we did and deployed it, it would already solve the problem,” said Binney. “You can’t go to Congress asking for money for a problem you’ve already solved so they had to kill the solution to say we have a problem so they could justify getting the money – and that’s exactly what they did,” added Binney.