Privacy SOS

Jesselyn Radack, Thomas Drake, and William Binney on the surveillance state

Please note that by playing this clip YouTube and Google will place a long term cookie on your computer.

The 29th Chaos Communication Congress ("29c3") "is an annual four-day conference on technology, society and utopia" held in Hamburg, Germany. The event brings together people who have a "critical-creative" attitude toward technology to discuss and debate the important issues of the day.

US government whistleblowers Jesselyn Radack, Thomas Drake and Bill Binney participated in a panel entitled "Enemies of the State: What Happens When Telling the Truth about Secret US Government Power Becomes a Crime, Blowing the Whistle on Spying, Lying & Illegalities in the Digital Era." 
It's a long but very worthwhile talk. Radack tells of how, working as an ethics advisor at the Department of Justice, she exposed the torture and mistreatment of the so-called "American Taliban," John Walker Lindh, and then fought to protect herself from retribution as her employers turned against her.
Then Binney and Drake discuss their roles in blowing the whistle on the NSA's massive warrantless wiretapping program, a program that was enshrined in law through the 2008 FISA Amendments Act. President Obama signed a bill reauthorizing the FISA Amendments Act on December 31, 2012, meaning warrantless eavesdropping will continue in the United States through 2017, at least. You can listen to Senator Ron Wyden opposing the blanket reauthorization and explaining how it allows the warrantless targeting of US Americans here.

© 2021 ACLU of Massachusetts.