The vast, unprecedented web of American surveillance

We are being watched and monitored on a scale never seen in human history.

National Security Agency whistleblower William Binney spoke to Democracy Now! last week and said that he… estimates the NSA has assembled 20 trillion “transactions” — phone calls, emails and other forms of data — from Americans. This probably includes copies of almost all of the emails sent and received from most people living in the United States.

Who knows how it affects everybody else in the world.

Computer researcher Jacob Appelbaum has been targeted by the US for years, as has journalist Laura Poitras. Appelbaum says that government officials demanded he tell him about his political views including about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Here’s the full and fascinating story of Binney’s whistle-blowing background.

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