The NSA and AT&T: The inside story

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Buy the book by the "AT&T whistleblower":

Wiring Up The Big Brother Machine...And Fighting It
    by Mark Klein
Foreword by James Bamford

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“Had it not been for Mark Klein stepping up, this story might have remained secret for years and years, causing further erosion of our rights.”
--Senator Chris Dodd, Congressional Record, December 17, 2007

“When the Bush administration arrogantly trampled on the Constitution by ordering the NSA to eavesdrop on our e-mails and phone calls without a court warrant, only one insider had the courage to come forward to blow the whistle. His name is Mark Klein. Every American should read his chilling and disturbing book.”
--David Wise, author of Spy: The Inside Story of How the FBI’s Robert HanssenBetrayed America and coauthor of The Invisible Government

“Mark Klein’s book is as precise, detailed, careful, and rational as the fiber-optic networks on which he worked at AT&T. It is fortunate for all of us that he was there, that he understood, and that he wrote this book. I found it spellbinding.”
--Dr. Brian Reid, Staff Scientist, Internet Systems Consortium

“One of the most serious civil rights violations in recent years was the Bush administration’s seizure of e-mail traffic in the United States. Instituted without Congressional approval and maintained without news coverage, it needed someone to be willing to speak publicly about what they had seen. Mark Klein was that person. As Americans who care about our Constitution, our privacy,
and keeping the government on a legal path, his book is a must read.”
--James J. Brosnahan, Senior Partner, Morrison & Foerster, LLP

“Mark Klein is a bona fide hero and the American people owe him a huge debt of thanks. We often celebrate our Constitution, but without people like Mark to stand up for it and alert the rest of us, it’s just a piece of paper.”
--Cindy Cohn, Legal Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation

“Putting himself at much personal risk, Mark Klein told the truth to whomever would listen about the Constitutional violations he’d witnessed and had proof of. Unfortunately, few in power share Klein’s courage, and the story of his fight to be heard should shame the nation’s elected officials and the media.”
--Ryan Singel, staff writer,

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This book is whistleblower Mark Klein’s personal account of the illegal government spying apparatus installed at AT&T by the National Security Agency and his battle to bring it to light. After the New York Times revealed in 2005 that the NSA was spying on Americans’ phone calls and e-mail without Constitutionally-required court warrants, the Bush administration openly defended this practice. All details of the highly secret program remained hidden from the public—until Klein came forward.
    A technician for over 22 years at telecom giant AT&T, Klein was working in the Internet room in San Francisco in 2003 when he discovered the NSA was vacuuming everyone’s communications into a secret room, and he had the documents to prove it. He fought for months to get the reluctant media to cover the story, and then became a witness in a lawsuit brought against AT&T by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Read the IDG News interview with Mark Klein published in the New York Times Technology section (July 17, 2009)

Read the
Firedoglake book salon chat with Mark Klein (Aug. 1, 2009)

Peter B. Collins podcast  with Mark Klein (July 29, 2009)
    --subscribe to Peter B. Collins show on iTunes

Philip Maldari interviews Mark Klein on KPFA Morning Show, aired Nov. 4, 2009 (starting at 1:35 on mp3)

Sibel Edmonds and Peter B. Collins interview Mark Klein on Boiling Frogs show, Jan. 1, 2010

"Big Brother Obama" by Cecile Lepage, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Feb. 3, 2010

Earlier major interviews:

ABC Nightline with Brian Ross, Mar. 6, 2007
The text story is “Whistle-blower Had to Fight NSA, LATimes
to Tell Story,”
   and the ABC video is here

PBS Frontline, “Spying on the Home Front,” May 15, 2007
Excellent five-part show with veteran correspondent Hedrick Smith.
Part 3 is “The NSA’s Eavesdropping at AT&T.”

Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman
“AT&T Whistleblower Urges Against Immunity for Telecoms in BushSpy Program,” July 7, 2008

MSNBC Countdown with Keith Olbermann
“Whistleblower saw AT&T assist Bush administration,” Nov. 7, 2007
(Posted on YouTube)

For more research, see Internet Resources

Flash News!  Former NSA official confirms existence of AT&T "secret rooms" 
  In a groundbreaking article by James Bamford, "The NSA is Building the Country's Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)"  on (Mar.15, 2012),  James Bamford exposes the massive new NSA data center in Salt Lake City due to start up operations in 2013. He also quotes from a former NSA official, William Binney, who confirms that:
      The network of intercept stations goes far beyond the single room in an AT&T building in San Francisco exposed by a whistle-blower in 2006. “I think there’s 10 to 20 of them,” Binney says. “That’s not just San Francisco; they have them in the middle of the country and also on the East Coast.” 

   In his declaration, former NSA official William Binney confirms that "The AT&T center on Folsom Street in San Francisco is one of the NSA intercept centers." 
Dec. 2, 2012--In an interview with RT news, William Binney describes in detail the NSA surveillance sytem which collects information on "everyone": watch the video
Dec. 27, 2012--In a presentation at the 29C3 Chaos Communication Congress in Hamburg, Germany, Binney uses slides to depict the surveillance program, see it here at 53:56 on the tape

June 9, 2013: NSA's Surveillance State massively exposed by heroic whistleblower Ed Snowden
   He should get retroactive immunity from Congress for his service to democracy--if the telcos can get it, why can't this hero?  (The answer: because Congress and both parties are on the side of the NSA and the surveillance state)
      June 2013 interviews:  
        AP video interview (June 11, 2013), "Give Snowden retroactive immunity!"

Restore the 4th Rally in San Francisco, Aug. 4, 2013:  Daniel Ellsberg and Mark Klein
Peter B. Collins presents NSA Whistleblower Mark Klein, Sept. 26, 2013: preview here (subscription required for full tape)--on the Snowden revelations and so-called "reform" efforts brewing in Congress

"Stop Watching Us" video -- Oct. 23, 2013, EFF and many whistleblowers speak out 

AT&T and the CIA,  click here for KPFK's "Uprising" show with Sonali Kolhatkar, Nov. 12, 2013

Letter to Sibel Edmonds, Feb. 1, 2014--in answer to baseless attacks on Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald

Coverage of Feb. 11, 2014 demonstration at 611 Folsom St., SF for "The Day We Fight Back": C/Net  

Frontline (PBS), "United States of Secrets", May 13 and 20, 2014 
        Part 1: Struggles inside US government over NSA surveillance  Part 2: Snowden, AT&T, Google

HuffingtonPost Live with Alyona Minkovsky: "AT&T Whistleblower on Dean Baquet's 'Lame Excuse' for Killing His Story", May 19, 2014

NBC's Brian Williams interviews Snowden, "Inside the Mind of Edward Snowden", May 28 2014
  NBC11 local news interviews Mark Klein on Snowden, May 28, 2014
   ABC local news interviews Mark Klein on Snowden anniversary, June 4, 2014

Breaking the Set with Abby Martin on RT, June 17, 2014--(starts at 15:45) NSA and the private companies, the failure of reform, etc.

Oppose the Leahy fake "reform" bill! See the letter signed by numerous whistleblowers and organizations addressed to Congress, Sept. 15, 2014
    Also see my own statement opposing the bill, here

New York Times/ProPublica article (Aug. 15, 2015) uses Snowden documents to reveal close decades-long collaboration between AT&T and NSA

Democracy Now (Aug. 18, 2015) interviews Mark Klein on the latest NYTimes revelations


Speaking out in defense of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange
Interview on The Story with Dick Gordon on NPR radio WUNC (Chapel Hill, NC), Dec. 9, 2010

Dec. 2010 protest postings in defense of WikiLeaks

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