Featuring William Binney, Former Crypto-Mathematician, NSA; Kirk Wiebe, Former Senior Analyst, NSA; Edward Loomis, Former Computer Systems Analyst, NSA; Thomas Drake, Former Senior Executive Service Member, NSA; and Diane Roark, Former Professional Staff Member, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; moderated by Patrick Eddington, Policy Analyst in Homeland Security and Civil Liberties, Cato Institute.
Almost 17 years after al Qaeda’s attacks on America, many key questions remain unanswered. Chief among them: why did America’s National Security Agency (NSA) fail to detect and thwart the attacks? Has the NSA as an institution learned the right lessons from this national tragedy and changed accordingly? What has Congress done—or failed to do—since the attacks to improve intelligence collection while still protecting American’s constitutional rights? “The NSA and the Road to 9/11: Lessons Learned and Unlearned” brings together five former federal officials who were key players in the effort inside the NSA and on Capitol Hill to prevent the 9/11 disaster and to reform NSA’s approach to surveillance in the years after.
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ROBERT STEELE: I will be present in the audience. I understand that there will be discussion about the various means by which CIA, FBI, and NSA leaders, among others, repressed all legitimately acquired early warning of what proved to be a state-sponsored false flag terrorist event managed by Dick Cheney using the Continuity of Government (COG) program. I have become familiar with Thin Thread over the past six months and absolutely believe that Thin Thread should be fully restored at NSA under William Binney’s direction and also placed in commercial and international open source intelligence service via the company Pretty Good Knowledge.