WikiLeaks: Top Secret Mobile Information Collection Unit
Last night’s FJP field trip brought us to the Whitney Museum in New York City to hear a talk organized by the documentarian Laura Poitras about the national security state in the United States.
The speakers were Jacob Appelbaum and William Binney.
Binney is the former technical director of the National Security Agency’s World Geopolitical and Military Analysis Reporting Group. He retired in 2001 when the NSA started to turn its surveillance capabilities on US citizens.
Applebaum is a noted privacy rights evangelist, and is most visible as a spokesperson for the Tor Project, a software solution to protect individuals from online surveillance, and for his work with Wikileaks.
All have been targeted by the US government for their activities.
Earlier in the day, Democracy Now interviewed each about their work and the national security state. The segment with Binney is here, the segment with Applebaum is here and the segment with Poitras is here.
Bonus: James Bamford’s March cover story for Wired: The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say).
Image: A WikiLeaks truck parked outside the Whitney Museum in New York City.