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NSA CS Man: My Tracking Algorithm Was 'Twisted' By the Government 267

Posted by Soulskill
from the you-can-trust-us dept.
decora writes "Crypto-mathematician Bill Binney worked in the Signals Intelligence Automation Research Center at the NSA. There, he worked on NSA's ThinThread program; a way to monitor the flood of internet data from outside the US while protecting the privacy of US citizens. In a new interview with Jane Mayer, he says his program 'got twisted. ... I should apologize to the American people. It's violated everyone's rights. It can be used to eavesdrop on the whole world. ... my people were brought in, and they told me, "Can you believe they're doing this? They're getting billing records on US citizens! They're putting pen registers on everyone in the country!"'"
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NSA CS Man: My Tracking Algorithm Was 'Twisted' By the Government

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  • by Tumbleweed (3706) * on Monday May 16, 2011 @06:59PM (#36147272)

    Binney had been acting strangely in recent weeks, according to unnamed sources. Reports of paranoid rants about "government monitoring everyone" were a common theme among associates.

    Binney was found wearing nothing but a bathrobe and a cockring, although investigators found several hundred dollars sewn into his bathrobe, as well as two phone numbers - one for "Belle du Jour Exotic Dance Palace" and the other to "Dave's 24 Hour Falafel Delivery". Investigators also found a "huge" porn stash in his apartment, and several copies of porn star Ron Jeremy's auto-biography, "Ron Jeremy: The Hardest (Working) Man in Showbiz".

    What disturbed investigators most, however, was a hidden cache of 73 cases of Zima. "What could one man possibly need with that much Zima?," said one bewildered and slightly shaken-looking young investigator. Older investigators are wondering about the significance of the number 73.

    Binney was quoted as saying, "I'm not dead yet!" but we were unable to confirm that at press-time.

  • by Palmsie (1550787) on Monday May 16, 2011 @07:03PM (#36147312)

    In other news, rape charges were brought against Bill Binney today, he has also openly admitted he is a homosexual, a pedophile, and an atheist. His wife has also left him because he has suffered from severe psychological disorders for several decades.

    +5 Propaganda machine.

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