A Good American has finally detailed these sentiments; the very real concern of false flags.
By Patrick Jude
Bill Binney, when arriving for his new job, made it abundantly evident to his colleagues and loved ones that he was very happy with his life. He told them that if he should ever be found dead, marked with suicide, it would surely be a hoax.
After an entire career with the NSA, and one FBI raid later, Binney, and friends, have had their story adapted into the world of film.
A Good American, wonderfully directed by Friedrich Moser and produced by Oliver Stone, chronologically details Bill Binney, a master cryptanalyst and NSA tech director, who developed the ThinThread program, which was initially used by the NSA for mass surveillance.
Initially, there was a system of checks and balances; only people of suspicion were documented, and a warrant was absolutely necessary to pull their data.
Massive names like Michael Hayden, CIA director for Bush and Obama, and Maureen Baginski are taken down a notch with multiple exclusive whistle blows. Most notable, however, is that the NSA had access to all of the terrorist plans prior to 9/11. The film labels this the single greatest ignorance of intelligence in American history.
To add insult to injury, Baginski actually touted 9/11 as a “gift to the NSA”, and the billions in funding certainly followed. It was after this statement that Binney and friends left their jobs in the NSA.
Though possibly the greatest, it wasn’t the only time America has been ignorant to intelligence. It’s widely known that America had access to over 200 intercepted messages prior to Pearl Harbor, but alas it happened and America entered the war. It’s called a false flag operation, feigning or remaining ignorant in regards to an attack to ramp up patriotism and support for a war. When people say, “9/11 was faked” they don’t mean it didn’t happen, largely what they mean is that our government neglected to prevent it.
A Good American has finally detailed these sentiments; the very real concern of false flags, in a way that blogging conspiracy theorists, though sometimes correct, fail to put in a palatable way.
Personally, I’m not a tech guy. I know little about computers, and this film is packed with tech talk. Typically, this would cause for a loss of interest. However, it’s the way that Binney describes the mathematics behind it all, with unwavering humanity, that keeps the viewer hooked.
Much like a modern day Descartes, Binney respects math and sees it in a sacred and metaphysical way.
“Everything is connected. Everything is finite” Binney says in relation to astronomical ratios, as he exemplifies the parallel of a cryptanalyst Fibonacci.
The film is undoubtedly entertaining, complete with reenactment footage, and stunning agrarian cinematography to accompany exclusive interviews with former NSA members. This film is especially accessible due its non-partisan approach; in fact, true grit politics are completely absent from this film.
Liberty, the right to privacy, and our basic freedoms transcend politics, and I believe we all can agree on that.
A Good American is available for rent on multiple outlets such as Vimeo, YouTube, and many more.
Born and raised in Orlando, and Socialist to the core, Patrick Jude graduated from The University Of Central Florida in 2015. He currently holds a B.A. in English Literature, as well as an A.A. in Jazz Performance from Valencia College. Jude is heavily tattooed, abstains from alcohol and is an avid Packers fan.
Currently Reading: The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky