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Did Bush Derangement Syndrome Blog Postings Cause FISA Leaker To Reveal Himself?
NewsBusters ^ | August 6, 2007 | P.J. Gladnick

Posted on 08/06/2007 6:35:43 AM PDT by PJ-Comix

Anybody who reads Web forums dedicated to current events is familiar with the phenomenom of BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome) in which leftwingers rant wildly about the supposed crimes of the EVIL Bush regime. Most of the time those postings can be written off as just another case of the left having mental problems handling the fact that they do not control the executive branch of government. However, we might now have a case in which BDS has the positive effect of actually causing a high level government leaker of super secret information to expose himself. The story about the alleged leaker to the press of the FISA (Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act) program details was written up in the August 13 Newsweek article, Looking For a Leaker:

The controversy over President Bush's warrantless surveillance program took another surprise turn last week when a team of FBI agents, armed with a classified search warrant, raided the suburban Washington home of a former Justice Department lawyer. The lawyer, Thomas M. Tamm, previously worked in Justice's Office of Intelligence Policy and Review (OIPR)—the supersecret unit that oversees surveillance of terrorist and espionage targets. The agents seized Tamm's desktop computer, two of his children's laptops and a cache of personal files. Tamm and his lawyer, Paul Kemp, declined any comment. So did the FBI. But two legal sources who asked not to be identified talking about an ongoing case told NEWSWEEK the raid was related to a Justice criminal probe into who leaked details of the warrantless eavesdropping program to the news media. The raid appears to be the first significant development in the probe since The New York Times reported in December 2005 that Bush had authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on the international phone calls and e-mails of U.S. residents without court warrants.

What this Newsweek story by Michael Isikoff doesn't mention is what might have caused the FBI to be suspicious of the alleged leaker---BDS blog postings by Thomas Tamm. One such BDS posting was made by a reader identifying himself as Thomas Mann in the New York Times The Caucus political blog. The post was a sarcastic comment at 11:42 AM in the November 29, 2006 edition of The Caucus  over the possibility of civil war in Iraq:

It is not yet a civil war. It won’t be a civil war until there are two armies, one from the north, one from the south. The two armies must wear blue and gray respectively, and must be led by U.S. Grant and Robert E. Lee. Only then will it meet our definition of a civil war.

---Posted by Thomas Tamm

Even more revealing is this BDS post to Eric Alterman by Thomas Tamm in the far left Media Matters:

Correspondence Corner:

Name: Thomas M. Tamm
Hometown: Potomac, Maryland USA

Dear Eric: Is not the administration's position that they would not permit the U.S. Attorney to prosecute a Congressional Contempt referral an implicit admission that they allow politics to impact prosecutions? They are admitting that they would interfere with the independent judgment of a prosecutor on a specific case. I suggest that this is precisely what the firings of the U.S. Attorneys are ultimately about. Yes, they serve at the pleasure of the president, but they do not prosecute at the pleasure of the president. The White House is guilty of taking the blindfold off lady justice, not just covering her breasts. I am a former DOJ lawyer, for what that is worth.

If it turns out that Thomas M. Tamm is the FISA leaker, then a good case could be made that BDS postings on the web might have been his undoing. Ironically this would not be the first time a high government official illegally releasing top secret information revealed himself via web postings. Robert Hannsen, the FBI agent  convicted of selling secrets to the Soviet Union and Russia, raised suspicions about himself when he posted explicit information about his sex life on Internet chat rooms. Perhaps this FISA leak case will be the second time that web postings would have been the undoing of a government official illegally releasing top secret information. In the case of Hannsen his motivation was sex, in the current FISA case it just might be irrational BDS that undid the leaker.



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption
KEYWORDS: 110th; bds; fisa; fisaleak
This might be a case where severe BDS overrode common sense. Hint: If you are illegally leaking top secret information, you might want to maintain a LOW profile. Look what happened to Robert Hannsen. Selling top secrets to Russia while at the same time posting explicit sex information about himself and his wife on the Web.
1 posted on 08/06/2007 6:35:49 AM PDT by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix

Tommy Tamm has a lot of splainin’ to do...


2 posted on 08/06/2007 6:39:07 AM PDT by johnny7 ("But that one on the far left... he had crazy eyes")
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To: johnny7
He’s bucking for a top Justice job in the Hillary Administration.
3 posted on 08/06/2007 6:40:33 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: PJ-Comix
Robert Hannsen, the FBI agent convicted of selling secrets to the Soviet Union and Russia, raised suspicions about himself when he posted explicit information about his sex life on Internet chat rooms.

Thnks, PJ, I did not know that.

4 posted on 08/06/2007 6:46:56 AM PDT by Bahbah
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

There’s always, but ALWAYS, some connection to the Clintons, ya ever notice that?


5 posted on 08/06/2007 6:49:46 AM PDT by Fishtalk (http://patfish.blogspot.com)
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To: Bahbah

There’s a TERRIFIC movie about Robert Hannsen starring Chris Cooper. They show all this. Check out the flick. VERY entertaining thanx mostly to the INCREDIBLE acting of Cooper.


6 posted on 08/06/2007 6:52:40 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List for the FUNNIEST Blog on the Web)
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To: PJ-Comix

The “new tone” bites again!


7 posted on 08/06/2007 6:54:33 AM PDT by The South Texan (The Drive By Media is America's worst enemy and American people don't know it.)
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To: PJ-Comix

I will check it out, Thanks again.


8 posted on 08/06/2007 6:55:32 AM PDT by Bahbah
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To: PJ-Comix

What is the name of the movie?


9 posted on 08/06/2007 7:00:18 AM PDT by allmendream
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To: allmendream
Breach. Excellent movie. Primarily to the INCREDIBLE acting of Chris Cooper. He really did a great job of capturing Hannsens paranoia and eccentricities. I think you can get it on DVD.
10 posted on 08/06/2007 7:07:30 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List for the FUNNIEST Blog on the Web)
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To: PJ-Comix

Just saw it.

I agree it’s a good movie and Cooper is excellent.

However, I don’t think they explained the “why” enough or, alternatively, correctly.


11 posted on 08/06/2007 7:10:09 AM PDT by D-fendr
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To: PJ-Comix
Thanks. Netflixing it. Have “Broken Glass” to watch right now. Appropriate seeings as how TNR STILL cannot fact check their stories from like minded ideologs.
12 posted on 08/06/2007 7:15:29 AM PDT by allmendream
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To: Fishtalk
Someday, someone will write the definitive book on the Clinton corruption, from Arkansas S & L fraud to the Lippo Bank and the Red Chinese Army missile secrets kickback, etc. I predict three 750 page volumes.
13 posted on 08/06/2007 7:39:06 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: PJ-Comix

The movie is only good due to Chris Cooper. Other than that, it’s bs.


14 posted on 08/06/2007 7:39:18 AM PDT by khnyny (The best minds are not in government. If they were, business would hire them away. Ronald Reagan)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
"I predict three 750 page volumes."

And I predict that the author will die a strange and mysterious death -- labeled as "suicide" -- before the second volume goes to press...

15 posted on 08/06/2007 7:55:51 AM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: khnyny

One great scene was when they replaced the pic of Janet Reno with that of John Ashcroft.


16 posted on 08/06/2007 8:03:28 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List for the FUNNIEST Blog on the Web)
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To: PJ-Comix

Now we have to question the motivation of Michael Isikoff and Newsweek in publishing this story =

- a heads-up to potential defense counsel, perhaps?

- a rallying call to all who want to cripple the Justice Dept?

- truth in reporting?


17 posted on 08/06/2007 8:12:36 AM PDT by maica (America will be a hyperpower that's all hype and no power -- if we do not prevail in Iraq)
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To: PJ-Comix

Rush is highlighting this article right now - Monday opening segment.


18 posted on 08/06/2007 9:28:29 AM PDT by maica (America will be a hyperpower that's all hype and no power -- if we do not prevail in Iraq)
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To: PJ-Comix
LOL.

The problem I had with the movie, is the story isn’t accurate. Hanssen’s brother-in-law (also worked for FBI) told the FBI to investigate Hanssen in 1990, but they did not. The incompetence of the FBI let Hanssen continue on for another 11 years.

19 posted on 08/06/2007 1:53:03 PM PDT by khnyny (The best minds are not in government. If they were, business would hire them away. Ronald Reagan)
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To: PJ-Comix

I was asked today, and wasn’t sufficiently able to answer effectively...

can’t we prosecute people for TREASON anymore?

Freepers, help me out - is it political correctness or what?


20 posted on 08/06/2007 1:55:18 PM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: PJ-Comix
Bttt.

5.56mm

21 posted on 08/06/2007 1:58:37 PM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: maica
Rush is highlighting this article right now - Monday opening segment.

I MISSED that!!! What did he say?????

22 posted on 08/06/2007 2:50:58 PM PDT by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List for the FUNNIEST Blog on the Web)
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To: PJ-Comix

On Today’s Show:

The FBI raided the home of former Justice Department lawyer Thomas Tamm in an effort to determine who leaked details of the NSA terrorist surveillance program to the Drive-By Media. This guy is a Clinton holdover. It’s about time the Bush administration got serious about going after those who leak national security information in an effort to undermine the war on terror. (Rush 24/7 Members: Listen Here).

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Basically he just read the newsbusters article!


23 posted on 08/06/2007 2:55:48 PM PDT by maica (America will be a hyperpower that's all hype and no power -- if we do not prevail in Iraq)
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To: maica; Paul Heinzman; Charles Henrickson; Xenalyte
Basically he just read the newsbusters article!

OMG!!! THAT'S MEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!

(My Empress Xenalyte needs to toss a death Frisbee to commemorate this event.)

24 posted on 08/06/2007 3:13:16 PM PDT by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List for the FUNNIEST Blog on the Web)
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To: PJ-Comix
He's got a link to your Newsbusters post on his website here.
25 posted on 08/06/2007 3:33:29 PM PDT by Paul Heinzman (Thompson/Hunter '08)
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To: PJ-Comix

Yep, the FBI has everything now...looks like Tamm will be exposing all involved in this...schumer comes to mind...


26 posted on 08/06/2007 3:39:27 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: shield

Great. BTW, I would love to find out if Tamm posted to KOmmieland or DUmmieland under an anonymous screen name. Would love to DUFU those Tamm posts.


27 posted on 08/06/2007 4:36:41 PM PDT by PJ-Comix (Join the DUmmie FUnnies PING List for the FUNNIEST Blog on the Web)
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To: PJ-Comix
What about Elizabeth Edwards...during the last presidential election she posted at DU. The public needs to know...I think that needs to be put out there.

Tamm probably did...and the Feds will find it all. It appears they over time do a thorough investigation...lookin' for the leakers.

28 posted on 08/06/2007 4:47:06 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: shield

I believe this is the reason for the Gonzales/attorney firings “scandal” and hearings. An attempt to discredit justice department, and paint them all as political rather than professional.


29 posted on 08/06/2007 5:47:57 PM PDT by VA Patriot Lady
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To: PJ-Comix

Interesting lineup of Google entries just now (My cut and paste do not capture the colors and links):

Results 1 - 10 of about 61,300 for Thomas Tamm FBI. (0.15 seconds)

Report: FBI Searches Home of Attorney in Warrantless Wiretap ...
WASHINGTON — FBI agents searched the home of former Justice Department lawyer Thomas Tamm last week in an effort to determine who leaked details of the ...
www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1876772/posts - 36k - Aug 6, 2007 - Cached - Similar pages

Did Bush Derangement Syndrome Blog Postings Cause FISA Leaker To ...
Tamm and his lawyer, Paul Kemp, declined any comment. So did the FBI. ... Even more revealing is this BDS post to Eric Alterman by Thomas Tamm in the far ...
www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1877019/posts - Aug 6, 2007 - Similar pages
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FBI Closes In On NSA Leaker
RUSH: Now, “FBI agents searched the home of a former Justice Department ... Thomas Tamm made a contribution to the Democrat National Committee in 2004. ...
www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/daily/ site_080607/content/01125106.html.guest.html - Aug 6, 2007 - Similar pages
News results for Thomas Tamm fbi

Wired News Report: FBI Conducts Raid in Leak Probe - Aug 5, 2007
AP 08.05.07, 4:21 PM ET FBI agents searched the home of former Justice Department lawyer Thomas Tamm last week in an effort to determine who leaked details ...
Forbes - 54 related articles »

Looking For a Leaker-Former Justice Dept Lawyer’s Home Raided By ...
Tamm and his lawyer, Paul Kemp, declined any comment. So did the FBI. ... found this LTE at media matters from Thomas Tamm dated 7/25/07, fed-up ...
www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/ duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389x1518452 - 103k - Aug 5, 2007 - Cached - Similar pages

Here is how your FISA will be used...
Micahel Isikoff reports in Newsweek that the FBI raided the home of Thomas Tamm, a former attorney in the Justice Department’s Office of Intelligence Policy ...
tailrank.com/2364171/Here-is-how-your-FISA-will-be-used - Aug 6, 2007 - Similar pages

Daily Kos: Payback Time: FBI Raids Home of Suspected NSA Leaker
As Michael Isikoff details in Newsweek, a team of FBI agents raided the home of Thomas M. Tamm, a veteran prosecutor and former official of the Office of ...
www.dengre.dailykos.com/storyonly/2007/8/5/12401/37411 - 31k - Aug 5, 2007 - Cached - Similar pages

The Raw Story | FBI raids DOJ attorney’s home in search for ...
As Newsweek reports in its August 13 issue, the FBI has used a secret warrant to raid the home of former Justice Department lawyer Thomas M. Tamm, ...
rawstory.com/news/2007/FBI_ raids_DOJ_attorneys_home_in_0805.html - 21k - Aug 5, 2007 - Cached - Similar pages


30 posted on 08/06/2007 5:52:21 PM PDT by maica (America will be a hyperpower that's all hype and no power -- if we do not prevail in Iraq)
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To: VA Patriot Lady

You could be right. It could be as we’ve speculated. I’ve thought lots about the true motive...I don’t think we’ve hit on it yet.


31 posted on 08/06/2007 5:52:23 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: khnyny
The movie is only good due to Chris Cooper. Other than that, it’s bs.

I saw it recently and enjoyed it. I also heard an interview with Eric O'Neill, the FBI employee who investigated him, and he seemed to think it was fairly realistic.

32 posted on 08/06/2007 6:01:53 PM PDT by murdoog
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To: PJ-Comix; Charles Henrickson; maica; Paul Heinzman

I just went outside and whaled it at the dead live oak in our front yard.

The tree, as expected, did not respond.

So I did it again, and ay-yi-yi-yi-yied for good measure. That’ll show it!


33 posted on 08/06/2007 6:56:22 PM PDT by Xenalyte (Can you count, suckas? I say the future is ours . . . if you can count.)
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