Russ Tice, William Binney discuss NSA surveillance capabilities

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Former NSA employees Russell Tice and William Binney discussed NSA surveillance capabilities Thursday for the PBS News Hour. Tice described evidence that NSA targeted individuals including judges, politicians and military officers.

“Apparently this stuff was being done in the evenings because…even the people that were cleared for the program were not aware of who was plugging the information into the system.”

Binney said he wasn’t aware of the targeting Tice described.  Rather, he observed the broad scope of the surveillance, “hundred of millions of phone calls of US citizens every day.”

Both men scoffed at claims that the NSA was not listening to the content of phone calls.