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The Government is Profiling You

Date: Monday, November 19, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Place: 32-141, MIT Stata Ctr, 32 Vassar St, Cambridge
Title: THE GOVERNMENT IS PROFILING YOU
Speaker: William Binney, Former National Security Agency, Technical Director of the World Geopolitical and Military Analysis Reporting Group, Signals Intelligence Automation Research Center (SARC)
Discussant: Carol Rose, Executive Director, ACLU of Massachusetts
Sponsored by: MIT CSAIL CIS Group and The Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference

Abstract:
While spreading an atmosphere of fear after 9/11, our government has violated our laws, prevented the Congress and courts from doing their Constitutional duty, created a surveillance state and concentrated power in the executive, all in the name of keeping us safe. In an effort to reverse these ongoing unconstitutional activities, William Binney revealed the National Security Agency's massive domestic spying program, Stellar Wind, which intercepts domestic communications without protections for US citizens. Binney disclosed that NSA sought and received access to telecommunications companies' domestic and international billing records.
He told the public that, since 9/11, the agency has intercepted between 15 and 20 trillion communications. Binney also revealed that the NSA concealed Stellar Wind under the patriotic-sounding "Terrorist Surveillance Program," in order to give cover to the warrantless surveillance program's violations of Americans' constitutional rights.

Two related Wired magazine articles by James Bamford:
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/all/
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/04/shady-companies-nsa/

 

Slides available at:

http://people.csail.mit.edu/rivest/misc/binney/

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