The National Security Agency Is A Criminal Organization (We’re All Palestinians Now)
by Paul Craig Roberts • January 17, 2019
Years before Edward Snowden provided documented proof that the National Security Agency was really a national insecurity agency as it was violating law and the US Constitution and spying indiscriminately on American citizens, William Binney, who designed and developed the NSA spy program revealed the illegal and unconstitutional spying. Binney turned whistleblower, because NSA was using the program to spy on Americans. As Binney was well known to the US Congress, he did not think he needed any NSA document to make his case. But what he found out was “Congress would never hear me because then they’d lose plausible deniability. That was really their key. They needed to have plausible deniability so they can continue this massive spying program because it gave them power over everybody in the world. Even the members of Congress had power against others [in Congress]; they had power on judges on the Supreme Court, the federal judges, all of them. That’s why they’re so afraid. Everybody’s afraid because all this data that’s about them, the central agencies — the intelligence agencies — they have it. And that’s why Senator Schumer warned President Trump earlier, a few months ago, that he shouldn’t attack the intelligence community because they’ve got six ways to Sunday to come at you. That’s because it’s like J. Edgar Hoover on super steroids. . . . it’s leverage against every member of parliament and every government in the world.”
To prevent whistle-blowing, NSA has “a program now called ‘see something, say something’ about your fellow workers. That’s what the Stasi did. That’s why I call [NSA] the new New Stasi Agency. They’re picking up all the techniques from the Stasi and the KGB and the Gestapo and the SS. They just aren’t getting violent yet that we know of — internally in the US, outside is another story.”
As Binney had no documents to give to the media, blowing the whistle had no consequence for NSA. This is the reason that Snowden released the documents that proved NSA to be violating both law and the Constitution, but the corrupt US media focused blame on Snowden as a “traitor” and not on NSA for its violations.
Whistleblowers are protected by federal law. Regardless, the corrupt US government tried to prosecute Binney for speaking out, but as he had taken no classified document, a case could not be fabricated against him.
Binney blames the NSA’s law-breaking on Dick “Darth” Cheney. He says NSA’s violations of law and Constitution are so extreme that they would have to have been cleared at the top of the government.
Binney describes the spy network, explains that it was supposed to operate only against foreign enemies, and that using it for universal spying so overloads the system with data that the system fails to discover many terrorist activities. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50932.htm
Apparently, the National Security Agency values being able to blackmail citizens and members of government at home and abroad more than preventing terrorist attacks.
Unfortunately for Americans, there are many Americans who blindly trust the government and provide the means, the misuse of which is used to enslave us. A large percentage of the work in science and technology serves not to free people but to enslave them. By now there is no excuse for scientists and engineers not to know this. Yet they persist in their construction of the means to destroy liberty.
Ed. note: If the NSA (National Security Agency) is a “criminal organization” according to Paul Craig Roberts, where does that leave Israel’s Unit 8200 as the NSA “adopts the Israeli model?” That model apparently as this article points out, is the “national security state”. The NSA maintains a joint base with the IDF’s Unit 8200 located in occupied East Jerusalem to intercept telecommunications from throughout the Middle East. Israel is the “sixth eye” of Five Eyes. There are no legal limits on Israel for the use of data exploited from Americans with the NSA sharing raw data with Israel on Americans. It’s open season on Palestinians. The only data protected is US government data, and although the NSA says that it “complies with rules governing data”, it wouldn’t be a very good idea after reading the article above to accept that idea at face value. Paul Craig Roberts was too accommodating in his article especially when it wasn’t mentioned Israel’s intelligence wasn’t compromised when Snowden went “big mouth.”
Readers shouldn’t be surprised that Paul Craig Roberts states the NSA is “picking up all the techniques of the Stasi and the KGB.” Paul Roberts is a lot closer to the reality than most would like to begin considering. If this connection between the NSA and Unit 8200 is even anywhere as close as the following article suggests, we should be worried. If readers want just one example of the relationship to the Stasi that Paul Craig Roberts makes, then look no further than Martin Schlaff. Schlaff is apparently the financier of the far-Right Israeli politician Avigdor Lieberman. Lieberman who was head of the Israel Ministry of Defense is a Soviet-born Israeli politician. And Lieberman is sitting inside the most technologically advanced fighter in the world the F-35. Yes, Donald Trump, what did you say about this technology? Something about a trade war with China? How did the Chinese get the technology?
What far too few people realize maybe even including Paul Craig Roberts, is that the East German Stasi, or the Hauptverwaltung A, was a “stealth weapon” of the KGB and had its origins in the Soviet Union. Consider for a moment Russia’s President Vladimir Putin coming out of the KGB who served in East Germany and speaks fluent German. It is more than likely the KGB that was largely responsible for the fall of the Berlin Wall preparing for Glostnost (Perestroika) to get Soviet agents into the US. It was reported in The Guardian that Putin’s East Germany identity card was found in Stasi archives.
Martin Schlaff is an Austrian Jewish businessman. He was involved in trade with East Germany before the German reunification. According to the German parliament’s investigations, Schlaff was an unofficial employee of the Stasi. Disclosed Stasi documents indicate how senior East German Stasi officers were “impressed with Schlaff’s “extensive holdings, his various companies, and his access to the needed America technology”. In 2017, Martin Schlaff invested $5 million in an Israeli biotechnology company. Martin Schlaff is also involved in Russia’s largest natural gas company Gazprom through his confidant Michael Hason.
This should come as no surprise since if it wasn’t for Joseph Stalin and the Soviet Union, Israel wouldn’t exist today. Then go onto consider Paul Craig Robert’s reference to the KGB. The KGB infiltrated the highest echelons of Israel’s army, business and political leadership beginning in the early 1970s when Russia allowed Jewish emigration to Israel. It should be clear by now how the IDF’s Unit 8200 is superior on many more technical levels than the NSA building the national security state. Under Stalin, those engineers and scientists who used their training to show the flaws in Stalin’s reasoning called “wreckers” were suspected of collusion with western capitalist states. Some of Russia’s best scientists and engineers left for Israel during Stalin’s purge when they rejected Stalin’s policies, or they studied science behind prison bars in Siberia.
Unit 8200: Teaching NSA a Thing or Two About Dark Arts
September 17, 2017
Those who’ve followed Edward Snowden’s revelations about NSA spying may think they’ve heard just about every depredation they can imagine. But there could be more to come.
James Bamford spent three days in Moscow with Snowden and wrote about it in Wired. Today, he has a NY Times op-ed focusing particularly on the Snowden revelations about NSA collaboration with the IDF’s Unit 8200. None of this is particularly new. Further, at one point Bamford even dubiously claims that material the NSA shared with Israel might’ve led to some of the blackmail and recruiting of spies, which the Unit 8200 veteran’s letter decried. I think that’s doubtful because the activities criticized by the refusers involved listening to phone conversations and reading e mail and text messages by Palestinians in the Territories. It’s hard to believe (though not impossible, I suppose) that NSA spying on U.S. citizens would help 8200 to target Palestinians.
As an aside, it’s entirely possible that my own contacts with Israelis and Palestinians both in this country and abroad are monitored by the NSA and passed on to 8200. A sobering thought, not because I engage in any activity that should be monitored, but precisely because I don’t.
It’s worth noting Bamford’s summary of Unit 8200’s offenses:
…They [Unit 8200 refusers] charged that Israel used information collected against innocent Palestinians for “political persecution.” In testimonies and interviews given to the media, they specified that data were gathered on Palestinians’ sexual orientations, infidelities, money problems, family medical conditions and other private matters that could be used to coerce Palestinians into becoming collaborators or create divisions in their society.
For anyone wishing to know how Israel recruits spies and the impact that spying for Israel has on the lives of collaborators, read this riveting and disturbing story. The 8200 refusers were spot on when they said their job was to drive wedges into Palestinian society. To make brother hate brother. Read this and see how such hate plays out in the lives of those Palestinians who are sacrificed on the altar of Israeli security. Do you think any Shabak agent who runs these Palestinian agents sheds a tear when they’re shot by Hamas? Does Israel offer them refuge or offer them resettlement in return for the dirty work they did? Not at all. Collateral damage.
It’s important to remember as you see pictures of hooded Palestinian collaborators before their execution, that no matter how reprehensible it may be to kill such individuals without trial, collaborators do real damage to Palestinian society. They get people killed. Our outrage should be directed as much or more at the Shabak and Unit 8200 which creates the collaborators, as at Hamas for hunting them down and killing them.
Returning to the lessons we here in American can learn about Unit 8200 practices–remember that Israel has progressed much farther down the road to being a national security state than the U.S. While we may have more powerful technology, capabilities and funding, Israel has far fewer fetters on its spies and spooks. There are no laws or regulations governing surveillance of Palestinians. There are, as the refusers correctly noted, almost no strictures on what they may do.
Though Snowden made similar charges against his own NSA brethren, there were limitations on their actions. They may not have been particularly effective or thorough. But approvals were necessary for some of the most intrusive activities.
The real value in Bamford’s op-ed is to warn us that what Unit 8200 has wrought in the Mideast could become “best practice” for our own NSA:
It should also trouble Americans that the N.S.A. could head down a similar path in this country. Indeed, there is some indication, from a top-secret 2012 document from Mr. Snowden’s leaked files that I saw last year, that it already is. The document, from Gen. Keith B. Alexander, then the director of the N.S.A., notes that the agency had been compiling records of visits to pornographic websites and proposes using that information to damage the reputations of people whom the agency considers “radicalizers” — not necessarily terrorists, but those attempting, through the use of incendiary speech, to radicalize others. (The Huffington Post has published a redacted version of the document.)
To paraphrase Herzl, if Unit 8200 wills it, it’s no dream. So many of Israel’s counter-terror practices have become standard fare for the U.S.: from targeted killings to drone strikes to racial profiling for security purposes. We “learn” from the Israelis. They are falsely seen as being on the cutting edge and experts in this field. That’s why U.S. local police forces and other agencies flock to Israel for security training. It’s why Israeli security consultants are hired to manage airport security around the world.
What the Americans don’t realize is that they’re hearing from Israelis who have no strictures on what they can do. Israelis for whom the means justify the ends. There are no ethical qualms among Israeli intelligence operatives at exploiting every possible weakness on behalf of Israel’s interests. The Palestinians are not human beings. They are an enemy and this is a war.
What the NSA refuses to realize in adopting the Israeli model is that Unit 8200 is oppressing Palestinians who, while occupied by Israel, aren’t Israeli citizens. At least technically, from an Israeli point of view, this allows them freer rein in their invasions of Palestinians privacy and rights. The NSA is often spying on U.S. citizens. If they bring Israeli spycraft to these shores, then the American intelligence community will be treating its own citizens the same way Israelis treat avowed Israeli enemies. Is that the standard under which we want the NSA to operate? Do we wish to allow out own spy agency to treat us as the enemy?
Ed. note: In the above paragraph, Richard Silverstein states that “if they bring Israeli spycraft to these shores, then the American intelligence community will be treating its own citizens the same way Israelis treat avowed Israeli enemies”. Readers are encouraged to go to the post “We’re All Palestinians Now” (video) and listen carefully to Gilad Atzmon because we really are “all Palestinians now.” Israel’s IDF Unit 8200 have been operating in America for very long time. In fact, many tech start up companies in Israel and in the US because of dual nationality, were founded by graduates of the IDF’s Unit 8200. In Israel unlike in the US, the unit you served in during mandatory IDF service is more important than the university you graduated from.
Why are we all “Palestinians now”? Because Microsoft’s Bill Gates went to Israel to wish Microsoft Israel a happy 25th anniversary in 2016. Israel tech firms wrote the code for Microsoft Windows 10. The NSA uses Microsoft products. And look who is running the NSA’s PRISM system.
While Microsoft is known for many things, it is best known for Windows – and for years, rumors have swirled for years that major parts of the operating system were developed in Israel, something the company has confirmed although it has never specified just which components of Windows are “Israeli.” Gates, who does know, wasn’t telling either, but he was “very happy” to wish the Microsoft Israel R&D center a happy 25th anniversary.
Additional reading by Richard Silverstein: