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==Background==
 
==Background==
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==9-11==
 
==9-11==
 
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Drake reports:
 
Drake reports:
{{QB|"My first day on the job at [[NSA]] was 9/11. I was immediately charged as the lead NSA executive to find and deploy the best technology at NSA for the fight against terrorism. One of the programs I recommended to be resurrected for immediate operational implementation was [[THINTHREAD]]. I ran into a stone wall.
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{{QB|"My first day on the job at [[NSA]] was 9/11. I was immediately charged as the lead NSA executive to find and deploy the best technology at NSA for the fight against "terrorism". One of the programs I recommended to be resurrected for immediate operational implementation was [[THINTHREAD]]. I ran into a stone wall.
  
 
As I pursued what I was tasked to do, I was surprised and deeply troubled to discover that, with a secret go-ahead from the White House, NSA had unchained itself from the protections of the Fourth Amendment and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978. The vast power of NSA had been unleashed secretly on US citizens through a massive [[bulk surveillance]] program called [[STELLARWIND]], a program completely unknown to most if not all of those working at the SIGINT Automatic Research Center.  In the weeks after 9/11, 40 to 50 servers began arriving followed quickly by a whole new set of technical people who on September 26, 2001, turned STELLARWIND loose on all of us.
 
As I pursued what I was tasked to do, I was surprised and deeply troubled to discover that, with a secret go-ahead from the White House, NSA had unchained itself from the protections of the Fourth Amendment and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978. The vast power of NSA had been unleashed secretly on US citizens through a massive [[bulk surveillance]] program called [[STELLARWIND]], a program completely unknown to most if not all of those working at the SIGINT Automatic Research Center.  In the weeks after 9/11, 40 to 50 servers began arriving followed quickly by a whole new set of technical people who on September 26, 2001, turned STELLARWIND loose on all of us.
  
Even after the developers of THINTHREAD left NSA in October 2001, I kept trying to get it authorized to go operational – in vain. However, I was able to acquire enough funding to complete a THINTHREAD Content Evaluation of NSA databases that contained huge amounts of collected data."<br/>Thomas Drake<ref name="leaksource2014">http://leaksource.info/2014/01/08/nsa-four-whistleblowers-memo-to-obama-input-for-your-decisions-on-nsa/</ref>}}
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Even after the developers of THINTHREAD left NSA in October 2001, I kept trying to get it authorized to go operational – in vain. However, I was able to acquire enough funding to complete a THINTHREAD Content Evaluation of NSA databases that contained huge amounts of collected data...
  
{{QB|"That’s where I found the pre- and post-9/11 intelligence from NSA monitoring of some of the hijackers as they planned the attacks of 9/11 had not been shared outside NSA. This includes critical pre-9/11 intelligence on [[al-Qaeda]], even though it had been worked on by NSA analysts. I learned, for example, that in early 2001 NSA had produced a critical long-term analytic report unraveling the entire heart of al-Qaeda and associated movements. That report also was not disseminated outside of NSA. Make no mistake. That data and the analytic report could have, should have prevented 9/11. Top NSA management knew that. They knew that I knew that. I was immediately shut down."</ref name="leaksource2014"/>
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That’s where I found the pre- and post-9/11 intelligence from NSA monitoring of some of the hijackers as they planned the attacks of 9/11 had not been shared outside NSA. This includes critical pre-9/11 intelligence on [[al-Qaeda]], even though it had been worked on by NSA analysts. I learned, for example, that in early 2001 NSA had produced a critical long-term analytic report unraveling the entire heart of al-Qaeda and associated movements. That report also was not disseminated outside of NSA. Make no mistake. That data and the analytic report could have, should have prevented 9/11. Top NSA management knew that. They knew that I knew that. I was immediately shut down."<br/>''Thomas Drake''<ref name="leaksource2014">http://leaksource.info/2014/01/08/nsa-four-whistleblowers-memo-to-obama-input-for-your-decisions-on-nsa/</ref>}}
  
 
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Drake reports that the NSA were
 
"In short, when confronted with the prospect of fessing up, NSA chose instead to obstruct the [[9/11 congressional investigation]], play dumb, and keep the truth buried, including the fact that it knew about all inbound and outbound calls to the safe house switchboard in Yemen. NSA’s senior leaders took me off the task because they realized – belatedly, for some reason – that I would not take part in covering up the truth about how much NSA knew but did not share."</ref name="leaksource2014"/>
 
"In short, when confronted with the prospect of fessing up, NSA chose instead to obstruct the [[9/11 congressional investigation]], play dumb, and keep the truth buried, including the fact that it knew about all inbound and outbound calls to the safe house switchboard in Yemen. NSA’s senior leaders took me off the task because they realized – belatedly, for some reason – that I would not take part in covering up the truth about how much NSA knew but did not share."</ref name="leaksource2014"/>
 
 
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Revision as of 13:30, 10 September 2018

Person.png Thomas Drake   History Commons IMDB Keywiki TwitterRdf-icon.png
(spook, whistleblower)
BornThomas Andrews Drake
1957-04-22
Louisiana, United States
NationalityAmerican
Alma materUniversity of Maryland, University of Arizona, Walden University
Exposed • NSA/Waste
• NSA/Corruption
• NSA/Trailblazer
InspiredEdward Snowden

Background

After many years as an NSA contractor, Thomas Drake started work at the NSA on the day of the 9/11 attacks.

9-11

Full article: Rated 4/5 9-11
Thomas Drake questions the 9/11 official narrative.

Drake reports:

"My first day on the job at NSA was 9/11. I was immediately charged as the lead NSA executive to find and deploy the best technology at NSA for the fight against "terrorism". One of the programs I recommended to be resurrected for immediate operational implementation was THINTHREAD. I ran into a stone wall.

As I pursued what I was tasked to do, I was surprised and deeply troubled to discover that, with a secret go-ahead from the White House, NSA had unchained itself from the protections of the Fourth Amendment and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978. The vast power of NSA had been unleashed secretly on US citizens through a massive bulk surveillance program called STELLARWIND, a program completely unknown to most if not all of those working at the SIGINT Automatic Research Center. In the weeks after 9/11, 40 to 50 servers began arriving followed quickly by a whole new set of technical people who on September 26, 2001, turned STELLARWIND loose on all of us.

Even after the developers of THINTHREAD left NSA in October 2001, I kept trying to get it authorized to go operational – in vain. However, I was able to acquire enough funding to complete a THINTHREAD Content Evaluation of NSA databases that contained huge amounts of collected data...

That’s where I found the pre- and post-9/11 intelligence from NSA monitoring of some of the hijackers as they planned the attacks of 9/11 had not been shared outside NSA. This includes critical pre-9/11 intelligence on al-Qaeda, even though it had been worked on by NSA analysts. I learned, for example, that in early 2001 NSA had produced a critical long-term analytic report unraveling the entire heart of al-Qaeda and associated movements. That report also was not disseminated outside of NSA. Make no mistake. That data and the analytic report could have, should have prevented 9/11. Top NSA management knew that. They knew that I knew that. I was immediately shut down."
Thomas Drake[1]

Full article: 9-11/Cover-up

Drake reports that the NSA were "In short, when confronted with the prospect of fessing up, NSA chose instead to obstruct the 9/11 congressional investigation, play dumb, and keep the truth buried, including the fact that it knew about all inbound and outbound calls to the safe house switchboard in Yemen. NSA’s senior leaders took me off the task because they realized – belatedly, for some reason – that I would not take part in covering up the truth about how much NSA knew but did not share."</ref name="leaksource2014"/>

22 April 1957| 

A Document by Thomas Drake

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)
Document:US Intel officials say Syria NOT responsible for chemical attackmemo6 September 2013Syrian Chemical Weapons Attack


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