Hi Reddit! Bill Binney here to answer your questions – live from Amsterdam.
15 years ago the NSA destroyed the best alternative to mass surveillance. I have some exciting news to reveal with you: Now there is a 2.0.
Some background on ThinThread: In the late 90s I co-created the program "ThinThread" which was the perfect alternative to mass surveillance - but it was ditched by NSA for money.
ThinThread was a fully automated system that could monitor signals then filter and alert on genuine threats in near real time. It did this all whilst protecting citizens’ rights to privacy. Its efficacy was down to it being metadata focused.
Here's proof of me doing this AMA now: https://twitter.com/AGAmovie/status/871427920467820545
It was a good conversation last time, I will aim to answer more questions today. I’m here from2PM to 5PM EST, and will do my best to answer everything I can!
EDIT: Please know that my friend and long-time associate and fellow whistle-blower, Kirk Wiebe, is here with me and says, "Hello, REDDIT!"
EDIT: You are invited to see the following. It is the premier of a new film. "THE MAZE dissects the terror-attacks since Paris Bataclan in November 2015 and looks for common patterns. Why was intelligence failing? And why have our governments been pushing for more of the same? A journey into surveillance reforms, power, money and cover-ups. A search for a way out of this maze - with a glimpse of hope on the horizon." You can watch it here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/themaze
EDIT: 6:30PM EDT 12:30AM CET Nice AMA-ing with all of you. Thank you for your questions!