Whistleblower debunks claim that the NSA is keeping you safe
Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing case should not be the only one focused on.
Monday, July 1, 2013
Thomas Drake, a whistleblowing predecessor of Snowden, published a written testimony in the Guardian news explaining how the information that Snowden is releasing is exactly what he saw during his time working at the NSA.
In the testimony he goes on to describe his involvement in pre- and post-9/11 surveillance and how he had begun speaking out from within the agency.
Unlike Snowden, Drake took up his concerns with the unconstitutionality of the spying in accordance with the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act. Directly addressing the highest levels of the NSA and making confessions as a material witness for two 9/11 congressional investigations.
Thomas Drake claims that intelligence gathered from pre-September 11th surveillance could have prevented the terror attacks that brought down three World Trade Center skyscrapers, if the NSA would have just disclosed it with other agencies.
This claim by Drake completely discredits the idea that the NSA mass intelligence gathering is solely to keep the American people safe.
This information certainly was never made clear to Steven Bucci, writer for The Foundry Conservative Policy News blog, who wrote an article defending the surveillance titled, Phone Records and the NSA: Legal and Keeping America Safe.