On the same day last week Congress shot down any notion of curtailing the rampant and illegal violation of the Fourth Amendment that has been ongoing by National Security Agency for several decades, veteran NSA whistleblowers convened Thursday at the National Press Club to share their insights into the history of that organization, its escalating mismanagement and abuse of the U.S. legal system, which had led to their resignations from their occupations, which they’d each held for 30 years or more.
There are many jaw-dropping revelations in this 12-minute clip. Here are some of the most salient quotes from this July 25, 2013 conference:
THOMAS DRAKE: “For me, it’s really simple: DARPA made a conscious decision to sell our national security to the highest bidder and it’s one of the great, huge elephants in the room: A massive redistribution of wealth in this country, to a very small, select group.
“Just think about the trillions — literally, the trillions — that have been spent since 9/11, alone on quote unquote “national security” and “homeland security” and “defense” — and what have we gotten in return? You have to really ask that question. And it’s a strategic question that we must ask, in terms of the future impact on our country, as well as the world.”
J. KIRK WIEBE: “Bill and I walked out of NSA on Halloween Day, 2001, just a few weeks after 9/11 and we did it in absolute disgust: 3,000 people — innocent people, minding their own business died that day — more than on the day of Pearl Harbor. NSA was created to prevent another Pearl Harbor!
And I will tell you, [NSA’S] mismanagement, its self-interest and ego and arrogance led to 9/11. Nothing smart by al-Qaeda did that. It was NSA’s own doing.