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    Tice is to be commended for his courage and patriotism. I would like to encourage all who are concerned about the state of our nation and the horrible coverage
    Message 1 of 2 , Jan 10, 2006
      Tice is to be commended for his courage and
      patriotism. I would like to encourage all who are
      concerned about the state of our nation and the
      horrible coverage by the press to consider joining me
      in an economic boycott of the New York Times to send a
      message to publisher Arthur Salzburger Jr that it was
      not ok to sit on this story since Oct. 04 or to stall
      on the Judy Miller debacle. In doing so, he may have
      contributed more to Bush' re-election than anyone


      --- Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@...> wrote:

      > NSA Whistleblower Alleges Illegal Spying
      > Former Employee Admits to Being a New York Times
      > Source
      > By BRIAN ROSS
      > 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 National Security Agency
      > 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 New York Times Source
      > 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.
      > The same day The New York Times broke the story of
      > the
      > NSA eavesdropping without warrants, Tice surfaced as
      > a
      > whistleblower in the agency. He told ABC News that
      > he
      > was a source for the Times' reporters. But Tice
      > maintains that his conscience is clear.
      > "As far as I'm concerned, as long as I don't say
      > anything that's classified, I'm not worried," he
      > said.
      > "We need to clean up the intelligence community.
      > We've
      > had abuses, and they need to be addressed."
      > The NSA revoked Tice's security clearance in May of
      > last year based on what it called psychological
      > concerns and later dismissed him. Tice calls that
      > bunk
      > and says that's the way the NSA deals with
      > troublemakers and whistleblowers. Today the NSA said
      > it had "no information to provide."
      > ABC News' Vic Walter and Avni Patel contributed to
      > this report.
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