NSA boss Maureen Baginski reportedly said “9/11 was a gift to the NSA" (video)

Provided by Justin Robertson
Published on Sep 9, 2017

A Good American tells the story of the best code-breaker the USA ever had and how he and a small team within NSA created a surveillance tool that could pick up any electronic signal on earth, filter it for targets and render results in real-time while keeping the privacy as demanded by the US constitution. The tool was perfect - except for one thing: it was way too cheap. Therefor NSA leadership, who had fallen into the hands of industry, dumped it - three weeks prior to 9/11. In a secret test-run of the program against the pre-9/11-NSA database in early 2002 the program immediately found the terrorists. This is the story of former Technical director of NSA, Bill Binney, and a program called ThinThread.
NSA boss Maureen Baginski reportedly said “9/11 was a gift to the NSA"


Computer Weekly sat down to watch Friedrich Moser's documentary about the NSA whistleblower Bill Binney - A Good American

Oliver Stone has described A Good American, the film about the former National Security Agency (NSA) technical director William Binney, as “powerful”, and effectively a prequel to his forthcoming feature film about Edward Snowden. Computer Weekly went to check it out. 



Invasion of privacy

The losers are the American people. Whereas ThinThread siphoned off targeted data, with encryption safeguards for US citizens and others in the country, TrailBlazer required the construction of huge datacentres that buried analysts in data.

It also stripped out the encryption algorithms that protected the identities of ordinary citizens. Binney saw this invasion of privacy as unconstitutional. Despite costing billions of dollars in just a few years, TrailBlazer was declared a failure in 2005.

In the meantime, many people made money through an NSA gravy train of contracts, and Hayden was promoted, to the disgust of Binney’s fellow whistleblower, Kirk Wiebe. “When mankind promotes failure, something is very wrong,” says Wiebe.

Although the film considers the impact of unrestrained terrorist activity elsewhere, it does not really address the legal or constitutional issues around US surveillance of people outside the US.


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Comment by Byron W on September 25, 2017 at 12:33pm

Yep every good invention gets turned into a weapon.

Comment by Sojourner on September 25, 2017 at 11:16am

It's a shame that Binney could not foresee how his "answer" would be stolen and used against the world.

Comment by Byron W on September 24, 2017 at 3:22pm

My god where have we gone since then. Artificial intelligence pre crime detection, The D-wave computer.


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