Thomas Drake am Donnerstag vor dem NSA-Untersuchungsausschuss

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Whistleblower Thomas Drake kündigte an in dem Gremium des Bundestages "spezifische Informationen" über die Zusammenarbeit zwischen NSA und Bundesnachrichtendienst zu offenbaren. Wer ist dieser Mann, der nach der Absage von Edward Snowden laut "Die Welt", zum wichtigsten Zeugen des Untersuchungsauschuss avanciert? Bereits im November 2013 gab Thomas Drake ein über 90- minütiges Interview für die Metallwoche...

Das Interview für die Metallwoche mit dem ehemaligen NSA-Mitarbeiter Thomas Drake führte für uns der unabhängige Finanzjournalist Lars Schall. Sie sprachen damals bereits ausführlich über die Snowden Affaire, die finanzielle Dimension der Aktivitäten von NSA&Co., die Auswirkungen auf Trading und Banking, sowie die technischen Fähigkeiten, über welche die Geheimdienste verfügen. Das Interview mit Thomas Drake, zugeschaltet aus Washington D.C., hören Sie im Original, in engl. Sprache. Viel Spaß!

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Some of the questions that Lars Schall asked Thomas Drake were:

  • Why did you a) join the Signal Intelligence Directorate of the US National Security Agency (NSA) in late summer of 2001, and b) left the NSA in 2008?
  • What is the attitude of the national intelligence community towards whistle-blowing in general?
  • We have currently the whistle-blowing case of Edward Snowden. Has Mr. Snowden done in your view the right thing?
  • Are you satisfied with regards to the coverage of that on-going story in western mainstream media?
  • Related to the recent revelations regarding the global surveillance programs of the NSA, have you seen any credible piece of evidence so far that these programs are doing any good in the so called War on Terror?
  • As you have suggested, the nexus 9/11 - War on Terror is also an excuse to expand programs that were existing pre-9/11, for example Echelon? (1)
  • I have a couple of questions regarding the use of the legendary software PROMIS (Prosecutor's Management Information System), which was developed by my friend William A. Hamilton, the founder of the U.S. information technology company INSLAW Inc. Once NSA controlled the software used by banks to process wire transfers of money and letters of credit, it could in theory add, delete, and/or modify the amounts of funds in accounts because the funds are just data like any other kinds of data. Had you ever heard that NSA or other intelligence agencies exploited the bank surveillance version of PROMIS toward such an end?
  • Does the NSA provide the other 15 U.S. intelligence agencies, that working in other areas, the possibilities of information gathering? The background of my question: it may be true that the NSA does not engage in economic espionage directly. However, if the possibility of information gathering is provided to other agencies, which then take care of the economic espionage field, the statement of the NSA is true, but the information is still ultimately wrong.
  • How is NSA intelligence provided to, integrated and/or coordinated with the banking operations that are managing government accounts and interventions in the currency, commodities and financial markets, such as the US Exchange Stabilization Fund?
  • Is PRISM & Co. just the tip of the iceberg for example in comparison to the DARPA project Total Information Awareness (TIA) respectively Trusted Information Environment (TIE)? The population around the world is more or less completely left in the dark when it comes to espionage by means of electromagnetic radiation and "seeing through walls" from the outside by means of mobile, stationary, and air- or space-based systems. Are such things not only technically possible, but a rather common practice nowadays?
  • Whose interests are ultimately served by secret intelligence agencies in the west?
  • What would you recommend what countries outside the Anglo-American sphere should do in order to cope with the problems existing through the activities by NSA & Co.?

(1) Regarding the Echelon Interception System, see for example this report of the European Parliament that was published on July 11, 2001.

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