nsa senior intelligence analyst (retired) and whistleblower – united states
release date: 11 july 2020
Kirk Wiebe worked with Bill Binney and Ed Loomis in NSA’s SIGINT Automation Center (SARC) as a senior intelligence analyst. For his previous contributions to the SIGINT mission, NSA awarded him its second highest award – the Meritorious Civilian Service Award – in 1991. Like Binney, Wiebe could not stand by while huge sums of money were wasted pursuing NSA’s ill-conceived TRAILBLAZER program. On 31 October 2001, Wiebe, Binney, and colleague Ed Loomis retired from NSA in disgust, hoping to bring their innovative approach to analyzing “big data” while protecting privacy to government through another door.
In September of 2002, Wiebe championed the filing of a complaint with the Department of Defense Inspector General (DoD IG) charging the NSA with mismanagement and waste of huge sums of taxpayer money under its TRAILBLAZER program. The complaint was signed by Wiebe, Binney, colleague Ed Loomis, and Diane Roark, a former senior staff member with the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI).
Wiebe has never wavered in upholding the oath he took while serving in military and civilian government service – to protect and defend the U.S. Constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic. In 2012, both Binney and Wiebe were awarded the Joseph A. Calloway Award for Civic Courage by the Shafeek Nader Trust for the Community Interest. In September 2015, the Committee for the Republic presented the two with the Defender of Liberty award.
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