NSA whistleblower William Binney is the 36-year National security Agency (NSA) veteran who:
- Created the NSA's mass surveillance program for digital information,
- Served as the senior technical director within the agency,
- Managed six thousand NSA employees,
- Mapped out the Soviet command-and-control structure and decrypted the Soviet Union’s command system in the 1970s.
Binney "became a whistleblower after discovering that elements of a data-monitoring program he had helped develop -- nicknamed ThinThread -- were being used to spy on Americans," PBS reported.
"I think the president (Trump) is absolutely right. His phone calls, everything he did electronically, was being monitored," said Bill Binney, who resigned in protest from the organization in 2001, told Fox Business last Monday.
"I think the FISA court is basically totally irrelevant."
The judges on the FISA court are "not even concerned, nor are they involved in any way with the Executive Order 12333 collection," Binney said during the interview.
"That's all done outside of the courts. And outside of the Congress."
Binney also told Fox the laws that fall under the FISA court's jurisdiction are "simply out there for show" and "trying to show that the government is following the law, and being looked at and overseen by the Senate and House intelligence committees and the courts."
"That's not the main collection program for NSA."
Binney said publication of details of private calls between President Trump and the Australian prime minister and the Mexican president are evidence the intelligence community is playing hardball with the White House.
Binney told Fox:
"The evidence of the conversation of the president of the U.S., President Trump, and the [prime minister] of Australia and the president of Mexico. Releasing those conversations. Those are conversations that are picked up by the FAIRVIEW program, primarily, by NSA."
Binney designed the NSA's electronic surveillance system, so he would know.