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Clinton NSA Wiretapped Top Republican
newsmax.com ^ | Friday, Jan. 6, 2006 11:10 a.m. EST

Posted on 01/06/2006 8:21:05 AM PST by InvisibleChurch

Friday, Jan. 6, 2006 11:10 a.m. EST Clinton NSA Wiretapped Top Republican

During the 1990's under President Bill Clinton, the National Security Agency conducted random telecommunications surveillance of millions of phone calls daily under a top secret program known as Echelon.

But according to at least two people familiar with the spy operation at the time, some of the surveillance was far from indiscriminate.

In a February 2000 interview with CBS's "60 Minutes," NSA operator Margaret Newsham revealed that the agency's listening post in Great Britain was involved in monitoring the phone calls of at least one top Republican on Capitol Hill.

Questioned by "60 Minutes" interviewer Steve Kroft, Newsham recalled how she learned of the illegal surveillance:

"I walked into the office building and a friend said, 'Come over here and listen to--to this thing.' And he had headphones on, so I took the headphones and I listened to it, and I looked at him and said, 'That's an American.' . . .

Ms. Newsham remembered, "It was definitely an American voice, and it was a voice that was distinct. And I said, 'Well, who is that?'

"And he said it was Senator Strom Thurmond."

Until his retirement from the Senate in 2002, Thurmond was a frequent critic of the Clinton administration, who played a leading role in the 1998 impeachment drama - though there's no known connection to the decision to wiretap the South Carolina conservative.

During the same program, however, Kroft consulted with Mike Frost, who worked for Canada's version of the NSA for 20-years.

Asked if it was commonplace for the NSA to monitor the phone calls of top U.S. politicians, Frost told CBS: "Of course it goes on. Been going on for years. Of course it goes on. That's the way it works."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: 60minutes; benedictarnold; clinton; clintonenemieslist; clintonlegacy; clintonscandals; echelon; eob; homelandsecurity; nationalsecurity; nsa; partisanwitchhunt; patriotleak; powerghraib; spying; stromthurmond; x42; zogbyism
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To: prairiebreeze; Mo1

Clinton's had NSA "accidentally" use Eschelon to listen to Republicans. Oops.


21 posted on 01/06/2006 9:09:11 AM PST by Peach
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To: InvisibleChurch

Is anyone really surprised?


22 posted on 01/06/2006 9:13:58 AM PST by advance_copy (Stand for life, or nothing at all)
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To: Peach

The chatter from the Clinton is 'Solid Gold' crowd is deafening in its silence. ;-)


23 posted on 01/06/2006 9:17:40 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Monthly Donor spoken Here. Go to ... https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Peach

No accident at all, I'm sure. heh


24 posted on 01/06/2006 9:27:27 AM PST by prairiebreeze (Take the high road. You'll never have to meet a Democrat.)
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To: El Gato; InvisibleChurch

<< ... have Poppa Bush give him the cold shoulder. >>

You kidding?

The oligarchy takes care of its own.

Even, in the case of the Bushs and the Billy-Bubba Blythes, its own trailer-trash can't make strawberry jam from pigshit usurpers.


25 posted on 01/06/2006 9:28:03 AM PST by Brian Allen (How arrogant are we to believe our career political-power-lusting lumpen somehow superior to theirs?)
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To: nmh
But of course. Every president since Rutherford Hayes (the telephone was invented in 1876) has used an intelligence program in one form or another to tap phone lines of suspect individuals. All of a sudden now it's a huge frickin deal!

Funny how the media never looked into how Bubba and Janet "The Torch" Reno handled Ruby Ridge, Waco, and other domestic debacles to make sure they had their 't's crossed and 'i's dotted on their warrants, or if there even were warrants. All of a sudden now this stuff is a horrible threat to civil liberties. The media wasn't beating this drum during the Klinton years when the FBI/ATF was kicking in doors, gassing people, and burning their homes with them still inside. Maybe somebody ought to be asking Ted Koppel et al about their coverage on that!!

26 posted on 01/06/2006 9:28:49 AM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity ("Sharpei diem - Seize the wrinkled dog.")
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To: El Gato
Impeach him again! Take away the sucker's pension, secret service protection and have Poppa Bush give him the cold shoulder.

Even at the time of impeachment I could not understand why Ken Starr went after this criminal on such flimsy grounds!! Why didn't he go after Clintoon on the missing 900+ FBI files, or Chinagate, or many other illegal activities that were on-going at the time and were fairly much common knowledge? Here is another one - were there no "Whistle blowers" at the NSA, CIA, DIA, and FBI during the Clintoon Admiin? Did he make them take LOYALTY OATHS?

27 posted on 01/06/2006 9:36:13 AM PST by p23185 (Why isn't attempting to take down a sitting Pres & his Admin considered Sedition?)
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To: Brian Allen

Damn, you all got a way with words!


28 posted on 01/06/2006 9:39:30 AM PST by investigateworld (Abortion stops a beating heart)
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To: El Gato

They ought to do it right this time, but frankly, I think an excorcism might prove to be more efficacios.


29 posted on 01/06/2006 9:46:53 AM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: InvisibleChurch
JFK wiretapped Martin Luther King
Clinton wiretapped Republicans
Bush wiretapped terrorist operatives


Who deserves impeachment?
30 posted on 01/06/2006 9:47:00 AM PST by NavyCanDo
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To: mass55th

I think the names of the people in those 500 files should be made public record. Why? Because, without some kind of check, 500 people and associates are subject to blackmail. The 500 files were all Republicans.


31 posted on 01/06/2006 9:56:13 AM PST by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: NavyCanDo
Who deserves impeachment?

B-b-bbb-but Clinton never lied about a war! /dripping sarc
32 posted on 01/06/2006 9:56:14 AM PST by proud_yank (Guns cause crime like forks cause Michael Moore to be fat.)
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To: InvisibleChurch

do I really have to say it???

33 posted on 01/06/2006 10:02:22 AM PST by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

One thing that is wonderfully predictable about the Democrats and their handmaidens, the media, is when they scream the loudest about some supposed Republican shenanigans it is they themselves who are up to their eyeballs in it. The NSA and Abramoff deals are only the latest.


34 posted on 01/06/2006 10:22:30 AM PST by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government.)
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To: Ingtar
It makes me wonder who actually recorded the phone call involving Newt.

Me too. It sure as hell wasn't the old couple (both DNC operatives) in Florida who claimed they managed to snatch both ends of a cell phone call on their "police scanner" and then just happened to have a tape recorder handy as well. That never passed the smell test.

It wouldn't take the NSA to do it, but it sure as hell wasn't a couple of retired union slumps either.

35 posted on 01/06/2006 10:34:09 AM PST by Ditto ( No trees were killed in sending this message, but billions of electrons were inconvenienced.)
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To: Mind-numbed Robot

Oh yes, they do it every time. Tony Snow had a wonderful sound montage the other day that had all the top Democraps of the mid-1990s griping about Saddam's WMDs and his ambitions to use them or sell them to terrorists. It was priceless and even had Hillary. It also had Al Gore complaining that Bush I had done nothing about Saddam's WMDs during the first gulf war.


36 posted on 01/06/2006 10:39:10 AM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity ("Sharpei diem - Seize the wrinkled dog.")
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To: atomicpossum

Find the 60 Minutes transcript then.


37 posted on 01/06/2006 10:57:02 AM PST by weegee (Christmas - the holiday that dare not speak its name.)
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To: mass55th

Some FReepers of what Queen Hillary (who would unconstitutionally serve an ADDITIONAL 4 years as co-president) would do with the powers granted by the Patriot Act. Those FBI files show she wouldn't care about any laws or restrictions ANYWAY.


38 posted on 01/06/2006 10:59:35 AM PST by weegee (Christmas - the holiday that dare not speak its name.)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity
"And there is no reason, Bob, that young American soldiers need to be going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children..." JFreakin' Kerry


39 posted on 01/06/2006 11:02:34 AM PST by weegee (Christmas - the holiday that dare not speak its name.)
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To: Excuse_My_Bellicosity

One of the gripes was that Bush41 "hadn't finished the job" by taking down Saddam. Now they say that we had no right to do so and that this was an illegal war.

Sour grapes from the peanut gallery. Shut those unruly children up, already.


40 posted on 01/06/2006 11:04:07 AM PST by weegee (Christmas - the holiday that dare not speak its name.)
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