Thursday, May 11, 2006

National Security Agency Engages in Spying Against Law-Abiding U.S. Citizens

This is doubtless the outrage of the day: evidence of our Government spying on us--with large corporations doing their part. Of course, many of us were certain this was going on, but I suppose it's useful that now the whole affair is out in the open. The Democrats are going through the motions of pretending they oppose domestic spying. So it goes. According to the USA Today account of this story, the corporations that helped out include AT&T, BellSouth and Verizon, just so you'll know.

Michael Rivero (www.whatreallyhappened.com): "I know it's angering that the government has been monitoring your phone calls. It's nobody's business if you call the "Tongue and Groove Waterbed Motel", right? But there is an up side to this revelation that the US Government is plugged into all of our communications. Because now that we KNOW this, the government cannot stage another fake terror attack to kick off more wars without the American people calling attention to the NSA phone monitoring being a total and complete failure!"

NSA Whistleblower Alleges Illegal Spying:
Former Employee Admits To Being a Source For the New York Times
By BRIAN ROSS
ABC News

Jan 10, 2006
— Russell Tice, a longtime insider at the National Security Agency, is now a whistleblower the agency would like to keep quiet.

For 20 years, Tice worked in the shadows as he helped the United States spy on other people's conversations around the world.

"I specialized in what's called special access programs," Tice said of his job. "We called them 'black world' programs and operations."

But now, Tice tells ABC News that some of those secret "black world" operations run by the NSA were operated in ways that he believes violated the law. He is prepared to tell Congress all he knows about the alleged wrongdoing in these programs run by the Defense Department and the NSA in the post-9/11 efforts to go after terrorists.

"The mentality was we need to get these guys, and we're going to do whatever it takes to get them," he said.

Tracking Calls

Tice says the technology exists to track and sort through every domestic and international phone call as they are switched through centers, such as one in New York, and to search for key words or phrases that a terrorist might use.

"If you picked the word 'jihad' out of a conversation," Tice said, "the technology exists that you focus in on that conversation, and you pull it out of the system for processing."

According to Tice, intelligence analysts use the information to develop graphs that resemble spiderwebs linking one suspect's phone number to hundreds or even thousands more.

Tice Admits Being a Source for The New York Times

President Bush has admitted that he gave orders that allowed the NSA to eavesdrop on a small number of Americans without the usual requisite warrants.

But Tice disagrees. He says the number of Americans subject to eavesdropping by the NSA could be in the millions if the full range of secret NSA programs is used.

"That would mean for most Americans that if they conducted, or you know, placed an overseas communication, more than likely they were sucked into that vacuum," Tice said.

[Read the rest here.]

[Related: NSA Letter to Tice.]

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