UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Revealed by Edward Snowden, a former employee of the CIA and the US National Security Agency (NSA), the NSA’s secret telephone surveillance program comes to an end. Sputnik discussed this with Bill Binney, whistleblower and former US technical director of intelligence.
The phone monitoring program that has been quietly shut down by the US National Security Agency (NSA) has never really boosted the security of the United States, said Sputnik mic Bill Binney, whistleblower and former director NSA technique.
“It was never helpful and even prevented the analysts from seeing what was really important, because this program provided them with far too much data,” said the American, adding that the professionals could never find anything meaningful in such a mass of insignificant information.
And to assume that, in the United States alone, NSA analysts received a daily amount of data equivalent to almost 3 billion transactions. And outside the country, it would be about 12 billion transactions a day.
“It’s precisely at this stage that the real data is collected,” Bill Binney said.
The telephone data monitoring program was set up in 2001 after the 9/11 attack. It was intended to collect the calls of American citizens, but especially foreigners. Denouncing mass surveillance, former NSA analyst Edward Snowden disclosed the data collection program to the public, forcing Congress to implement a new system. This requires the federal agencies to obtain prior authorization from the court before requesting information from the telecommunications companies.
To defend itself, the NSA has repeatedly explained that the work of his team has a real impact on national security. The authorization allowing the NSA to continue the surveillance program should normally be renewed every three months. However, this provision has been in force for seven years now and, to date, the Trump administration has not taken any steps. The President of the United States would even think of completely dissolving the program. For the passionate human rights activists, this is a great victory and a huge step towards respecting the privacy of citizens.
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