This is a long and wide-ranging interview with the ex-NSA analyst William Binney, who has become one of the foremost people fighting for freedom and privacy rights in USA today. The interview is conducted by Richard Grove of Tragedy and Hope and covers in pure interview form much of what we saw last week in documentary format.
Bill talks about his background in signals intelligence, his development of innovative technology for predicting events during wartime, his development of the ThinThread program and the reasons he left the NSA after the introduction of mass surveillance that was implemented following 9/11.
He also speaks out about how the current system of intelligence gathering is not only intrusive and ineffective, but is really just a front for building an empire within the intelligence services, and how all that is currently being done could be better done with far less cost and more effective results.
The interview is of great interest, but it seemed sometimes the questions were just being read from a list without enough follow iup on points that were raised. And because of that Bill sometimes didn’t quite seem to get the question. Nevertheless it is still good to see such an in-depth talk with such an important contributor to the debates around these questions.