[netgold] Spying on Journalists, Not Cricket for Bush Administration to Do That
- Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2009 22:39:34 -0500
From: Dwight Hines <dwighthines@...>
Subject: [netgold] Spying on Journalists,
Not cricket for Bush Administration to do that
QUICKLINK U.S. · January 22, 2009 · Reporter's privilege
Ex-NSA analyst: Agency spied on news organizations
Keywords: · Barack Obama · George W. Bush · Privacy · Wiretapping
A former National Security Agency analyst told MSNBC's Keith
Olbermann Wednesday night that the Bush Administration targeted and
eavesdropped on the conversations of American journalists.
Russell Tice, one of the sources who revealed the secret NSA
warrantless wiretapping program to The New York Times in 2005, gave
harrowing details about the NSA's wiretapping program in an interview
less than 24 hours after President George Bush left office.
He told Olbermann that the NSA collected all communications from
various U.S. groups, many of which had nothing to do with terrorism:
Tice: Now, what I was finding out, though, is that the collection on
those organizations was 24/7, and you know, 365 days a year, and it
made no sense. And that's -- I started to investigate that. That's
about the time when they came after me, to fire me. But an
organization that was collected on were U.S. news organizations and
reporters and journalists.
Olbermann: To what purpose? I mean, is there a file somewhere full of
every e-mail sent by all the reporters at the "New York Times?" Is
there a recording somewhere of every conversation I had with my
little nephew in upstate New York? Is it like that?
Tice: If it was involved in this specific avenue of collection, it
would be everything. Yes. It would be everything.
When Bush defended the secret wiretapping program after it became
public a little more than three years ago, he said that only
international communications were monitored as a way to collect
terrorism intelligence. But Tice said that was not true.
Samantha Fredrickson, 3:48 pm
The complete article may be read at the URL above.