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Sat Dec 1, 2012, 11:46 AM

Three Men Who Wouldn’t Let the NSA Get Away With It

via truthdig:

Three Men Who Wouldn’t Let the NSA Get Away With It

Posted on Nov 30, 2012
By Thomas Hedges, Center for Study of Responsive Law

The trial of former CIA agent and whistle-blower John Kiriakou has prompted many Americans to strongly criticize the Obama administration and its lack of oversight of U.S. intelligence agencies. Kiriakou, who uncovered the torture program that was started under President Bush and continued under President Obama, will face 30 months in jail and lose his government pension. Since his trial began in April, whistle-blowers such as Kirk Wiebe and William Binney, both of whom worked at the National Security Agency and then left because of mismanagement and corruption, have warned that intelligence agencies are abusing the Constitution and lavishing private companies with expensive contracts in exchange for subpar data processing and analysis systems.

Kiriakou, Wiebe and Binney, who were each presented with a Joe A. Callaway Award for Civic Courage two weeks ago in Washington, D.C., said that the intelligence community cares more about protecting itself and its interests than those of the public.

The NSA, for example, has wasted billions of taxpayer dollars over the past 10 years according to Wiebe, Binney and several other former NSA employees who have blown the whistle on the agency’s financial mismanagement. Spending at the NSA, they said, increased significantly after the 9/11 attacks without much regulation. The agency used the period of fear after the attacks, these whistle-blowers said, to inflate its budget and arrange high profits for corporate friends. The waste, they charged, hampered significant programs and bloated inefficient ones.

The agency wants “to fix big things with big dollars and big business,” Wiebe said over the phone. .................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_kgb_would_have_been_delighted_by_the_nsas_toys_20121130/

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Sat Dec 1, 2012, 02:24 PM

1. Thank you marmar, I'm proud to have completed degree work

at Wayne State University. (Forgive me, my heart is in Ann Arbor.)

As for that congressional boondoggle called the NSA, it was a bushit smoke screen that created another worthless agency, imho. I'm reminded of the wasted dollars every time I travel. I could rant forever on the waste of money, and the betrayal of the American right to justice and personal privacy.

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Sat Dec 1, 2012, 02:26 PM

2. No forgiveness necessary. I love A-squared too, and spend a lot of time there.


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