Who is NSA Whistleblower Bill Binney, Dragged By MSM as ‘Conspiracy Theorist’?
22:24 08.11.2017(updated 00:51 09.11.2017)
A new report indicating US President Donald Trump requested CIA Director Mike Pompeo meet with NSA expert Bill Binney to get “the facts” about so-called “Russian hacking” has led to a predictable, if lamentable, online smear campaign against the whistleblower.
Binney has argued, along with many in the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, a group of former US Intelligence Community professionals, that DNC emails published by WikiLeaks were leaked by someone inside the DNC. This blows up a major chapter in the “RussiaGate” narrative, which holds that Russians hacked the emails and supplied them to WikiLeaks — a claim which has never been indisputably proven.
CNN referred to the Pennsylvania native as a “DNC hack conspiracy theorist,” parroting a similar mischaracterization proffered by Mother Jones. Lawfare, The Hill and NBC more accurately described Binney as a former US intelligence professional turned whistleblower and critic.
CNN ignores Bill Binney’s background as NSA whistleblower, calls him “conspiracy theorist” who met w/ Pompeo. He’s been on CNN multiple times
The slander and fake news raises an important question: Who Is Bill Binney?
William Edward Binney is a 30-year veteran of the National Security Agency who resigned from his position there on October 31, 2001, in frustration and disgust at malpractice that he believed cost American lives.
Wow… I guess I’m not surprised CNN and MSNBC called former NSA whistleblower Bill Binney a conspiracy, or “fringe” theorist.
The reason was straightforward: Binney had worked on a wiretapping and data analysis program that he said could have prevented the September 11, 2001, terror attacks against the US, but was halted by the agency just weeks before the attack. Binney and two colleagues, J. Kirk Wiebe and Edward Loomis, later filed a complaint with the Pentagon’s Office of Inspector General over NSA’s fateful decision to continue a program dubbed “Trailblazer” over the program Binney had worked on, “ThinThread.”
ThinThread was less intrusive and more effective than Trailblazer, Binney contended, and, crucially, it was a working prototype at the time it was cancelled, while Trailblazer was only a concept on paper. The functioning ThinThread could have even stopped 9/11, Binney told Sputnik Radio’s Loud & Clear last year.
Was being against the Iraq War a conspiracy theory? Legacy media and @theintercept are implying a former #NSA Technical Dir is a conspiracy theorist for being #antiwar. Sickening smear job against Binney and #VIPS.
While 9/11 is always used to justify egregious domestic espionage programs, the fact of that attack doesn’t make the illegal legal. Those programs were illegal the day the intelligence community started them, and they are in violation of the constitution today. Not only is the Fourth Amendment breached — “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized” — NSA surveillance violates the first, fifth and sixth amendments, too, Binney told Sputnik News.