Her body of work includes: "My Country, My Country", about the U.S. invasion of Iraq; "The Oath", about two Yemeni men caught up in America’s "War on Terror"; and her current work in progress detailing the U.S. surveillance state in post 9/11 America.
Woven through the museum were interactive installations by Stimulate, and two mysterious portraits of of Julian Assange, the editor of WikiLeaks, who has been under house-arrest in Great Britian for 501 days without charge.
Binney spent near four decades at the NSA and was technical director of the World Geopolitical and Military Analysis Reporting Group. He resigned in 2001 over domestic surveillance orchestrated by the US Government through commercial providers, including AT&T and others, and created by a conspiracy of officials in the White House, the NSA and the CIA (cue to Part 1, 12:40).
Binney had designed capacities at the NSA to collect and filter information on all potential world-wide foreign threats prior to 9/11. As Binney said on Monday night, "After 9/11 they took my solutions and directed that at this country."
Earlier Monday, Binney was reported as saying:
"At that point, I knew I could not stay, because it was a direct violation of the constitutional rights of everybody in the country. Plus it violated the pen register law and Stored Communications Act, the Electronic Privacy Act, the intelligence acts of 1947 and 1978. I mean, it was just this whole series of—plus all the laws covering federal communications governing telecoms. I mean, all those laws were being violated, including the Constitution."
Binney was a key source for James Bamford’s exposé on the NSA's top secret "total information awareness" data center currently being built in Bluffdale, Utah:
Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital “pocket litter.”
At Monday's presentation, Binney described the collection mechanisms and meta-data modeling used by the US Government to surveille every American citizen and person across the globe, and to target individual who speak about the abuses of US Government power or the corrupting influence of the self preserving bureaucracies of the military industrial sector and its private partners.
On July 26, 2007, Binney himself became a target when his home was raided by the FBI, two days after Attorney General Gonzalez testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Terrorist Surveillance Program (TSP), what Binney describes as a "fabricated plan" used to "cover a number of plans, one of which was Stellar Wind".
Stellar Wind describes information collection activities performed by the NSA and that were revealed by Thomas M. Tamm to New York Times reporters James Risen and Eric Lichtblau.
Appelbaum, like Poitras, has been the target of detentions, interrogations, searches, and seizures by the US Government.
On July 29, 2010 - the same day that Manning was moved from Camp Arifjan, Kuwait to a brig at Quantico, Applebaum was detained at Newark Liberty International Airport, and interrogated about Julian Assange by agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, part of the Department of Homeland Security, as well as Army CID. Appelbaum's laptop and three cell phones were seized.
Then, on December 14, 2010 US Magistrate Judge, Theresa Buchanan, of the Eastern District of Virginia, approved the Department of Justice application under Title 18 U.S.C. 2703(d) for Twitter, Inc. to hand over records of Jacob Appelbaum, along with Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, Birgitta Jónsdóttir, and Rop Gonggrijp for the time period November 1, 2009 to the present.
On January 4, 2011, the same day that US magistrate Judge Ivan Davis signed a Secret Order ruling that Dynadot, domain registrars for wikileaks.org, provide all information they held on WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, and wikileaks.org between November 1, 2009 and January 4, 2011; another Secret Order directed Google to hand over Jacob Appelbaum's IP address from which Mr. Appelbaum logged into his gmail.com account, as well as the email and IP addresses of users with whom Appelbaum communicated.