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Linguist says US intelligence spied on Blair
Financial Times ^ | November 25 2008 00:31 | Demetri Sevastopulo

Posted on 11/24/2008 6:50:40 PM PST by james500

The US government eavesdropped on Tony Blair while he was British prime minister, according to claims made by a former employee of the National Security Agency.

ABC News on Monday reported that the NSA had eavesdropped on Mr Blair and Ghazi al-Yawer, the first Iraqi president following the 2003 invasion. The White House did not respond to inquiries.

Making the allegations to ABC, David Faulk, a former NSA Arabic linguist who worked for the spy agency at Fort Gordon, Georgia, claimed to have had access to a top secret database called “Anchory” in 2006 that included personal details about Mr Blair.

While the US government routinely spies on foreign governments and their leaders, the US and UK are long understood to have had a more trusting relationship. The revelations could damage the “special relationship” with Washington that London prizes so highly. Mr Blair was one of President George W. Bush’s closest allies over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Mr Faulk also claimed to have read secret NSA files on Mr Ghazr, including “pillow talk” phone calls, between 2003 and 2007. Bob Woodward, the veteran Washington Post reporter, this year reported in The War Within that the US had also eavesdropped on Nouri al-Maliki, the Iraqi prime minister.

Last month, Mr Faulk and another former NSA em­ployee provided a rare glimpse into the veiled world of the NSA, by revealing that the spy agency had spied on journalists, soldiers, and non-governmental or­ganisations, including the In­ter­national Committee of the Red Cross. They told ABC that the NSA routinely spied on Americans by listening to private conversations, including pillow talk and, in some cases, phone sex.

(Excerpt) Read more at ft.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 2006; anchory; blair; bush; davidfaulk; espionage; faulk; fortgordon; nsa; redcross; tonyblair
So is Faulk alleging any kind of criminal wrongdoing or is he just making a buck off of the highly classified secrets our country entrusted him with?
1 posted on 11/24/2008 6:50:40 PM PST by james500
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To: james500

So the ef what. Trust but verify like the man said.


2 posted on 11/24/2008 6:51:57 PM PST by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: james500

all governments spy on each other.

so, what’s new?


3 posted on 11/24/2008 6:52:00 PM PST by ken21 (people die and you never hear from them again.)
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To: james500

We should be spying on every significant sumbitch in the world. We just shouldn’t tattle about it.


4 posted on 11/24/2008 6:53:49 PM PST by Migraine (Diversity is great... ...until it happens to YOU.)
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To: james500

Hang him from the nearest lamppost.


5 posted on 11/24/2008 6:56:16 PM PST by DB
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To: james500

And a cunning linguist he is.


6 posted on 11/24/2008 6:57:55 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm
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To: james500
he just making a buck off of the highly classified secrets our country entrusted him with?

He's just making a buck and lying about it to boot.

If he doesn't get arrested he may was well be working for TMZ.

7 posted on 11/24/2008 7:00:56 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (All hail the Obamasiah! Kneel before Obamohammad!)
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To: james500

Somebody is spying on me?

I have LifeLock. Why wasn’t I alerted?


8 posted on 11/24/2008 7:03:23 PM PST by Eric Blair 2084 (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms shouldn't be a federal agency...it should be a convenience store.)
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To: james500

Our intelligence community has no self discipline when it comes to leaks. I’m so tired of reading the latest on Bin-Laden’s cell phone calls, etc. They need to shut the hell up.


9 posted on 11/24/2008 7:04:08 PM PST by optiguy (Government does not solve problems; it subsidizes them.----- Ronald Reagan)
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To: james500
This story is so old and faded. We tap every communication in and out of Iraq, every one. So when Blair or anyone shows up and gets on the horn, we record it, sort it out and send it up.

We have built-in protocols to prevent sensitive communication from being broadcast.

We are listening to far more interesting communications than from these two. This blabber-mouth just wants his 15 minutes of fame and then he can slither back under the rock he came from.

10 posted on 11/24/2008 7:04:21 PM PST by gandalftb (An appeaser feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last......)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; george76; ...
I certainly hope the NSA listens to foreign leaders.
David Faulk, a former NSA Arabic linguist who worked for the spy agency at Fort Gordon, Georgia, claimed to have had access to a top secret database called "Anchory" in 2006 that included personal details about Mr Blair... Last month, Mr Faulk and another former NSA employee provided a rare glimpse into the veiled world of the NSA, by revealing that the spy agency had spied on journalists, soldiers, and non-governmental organisations, including the International Committee of the Red Cross. They told ABC that the NSA routinely spied on Americans by listening to private conversations, including pillow talk and, in some cases, phone sex.

11 posted on 11/24/2008 7:07:11 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, October 11, 2008 !!!)
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To: SunkenCiv

I hope they are spying. That IS their job, don’t ya know


12 posted on 11/24/2008 7:08:42 PM PST by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: Alas Babylon!; American_Centurion; An.American.Expatriate; ASA.Ranger; ASA Vet; Ax; Azeem; ...
MI ping

English linguist? Hell's bells.....what's become of DLI?
13 posted on 11/24/2008 7:13:24 PM PST by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul Congress! It's the sensible solution to restore Command to the People.)
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To: james500

Faulk writes for the left wing rag Augusta (GA) Metro Spirit under the byline - ‘Murfee Faulk’.

His partner in crime Adrienne Kinne, is a member of Iraq Vets against the War and a water carrier for Cindy Sheehan.

Anybody who reads this and think it’s against ANY law or directive to intercept and/or record conversations of American military personnel is sadly mistaken.


14 posted on 11/24/2008 7:17:25 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (All hail the Obamasiah! Kneel before Obamohammad!)
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To: VeniVidiVici

Ah, but Faulk is a cunning linguist !!


15 posted on 11/24/2008 7:20:38 PM PST by genefromjersey (So much to flame;so little time !)
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To: james500

If it’s OK to eavesdrop and spy on Boehner, Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin and Joe the plumber...


16 posted on 11/24/2008 7:23:03 PM PST by piasa (How's that change workin' for ya?)
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To: james500

Don’t these people have to sign a contract promising not to reveal anything they know? For at least some number of years?

And can they not be sued into bankruptcy for blabbing to the press what ought to be left unsaid?

And to push this point a bit farther, what is the use of having those secret Romanian prisons we supposedly have if we aren’t going to use them on guys like Faulk?


17 posted on 11/24/2008 7:26:51 PM PST by marron
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To: SunkenCiv

more here:

http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/10/09/spying.on.americans/index.html

The ACLU issued a statement on Thursday saying the allegations show that the government “misled the American public about the scope of its surveillance activities.”

The ABC report “is an indictment not only of the Bush administration, but of all of those political leaders, Democratic and Republican, who have been saying that the executive branch can be trusted with surveillance powers that are essentially unchecked,” said ACLU official Jamell Jaffer.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-West Virginia, called the allegations “extremely disturbing.”


18 posted on 11/24/2008 7:29:39 PM PST by Fred Nerks (FAIR DINKUM)
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To: BIGLOOK

This is an excellent report to do a “no comment” on.


19 posted on 11/24/2008 8:01:52 PM PST by Rembrandt
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To: BIGLOOK

Echelon get everything...everything.


20 posted on 11/24/2008 8:03:31 PM PST by Rembrandt
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To: Rembrandt
Aloha Green Lantern!

Echelon gets everything...everything.

Yeah...so does Carnivore. Get ready for Omnivore.
21 posted on 11/24/2008 8:24:13 PM PST by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul Congress! It's the sensible solution to restore Command to the People.)
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To: Fred Nerks
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-West Virginia, called the allegations “extremely disturbing.”

Yeah, I'll bet! You created this monster Jay, so put up and shut up.

22 posted on 11/24/2008 8:45:41 PM PST by pray4liberty (Always vote for life!)
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To: james500

“They told ABC that the NSA routinely spied on Americans by listening to private conversations, including pillow talk and, in some cases, phone sex.”

Cunning linguists.


23 posted on 11/24/2008 8:51:57 PM PST by Ben Reyes
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To: BIGLOOK

“Aloha Green Lantern!”

Aloha backatcha Jack. I’m enjoying a quick visit to New Orleans as I ponder buying a condo here. Gets kinda questionable safety-wise after dark sets, so I’m in my hotel room quaffing some cheap, cold beer that I bought at a “sari-sari” store.


24 posted on 11/24/2008 8:58:35 PM PST by Rembrandt
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To: Rembrandt

Got your cell phone with you?


25 posted on 11/24/2008 9:02:33 PM PST by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul Congress! It's the sensible solution to restore Command to the People.)
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To: james500

Makes you wonder what other secrets he may have told to who knows who behind closed doors.

But at least he didn’t leak Valerie “Look At Me” Plame’s name and point out that she sent her husband to run interference for the shadow government that opposed the Bush administration.


26 posted on 11/24/2008 9:11:19 PM PST by weegee (Sec. of State Clinton. What kind of change is it to keep the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton Oligarchy?)
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To: Rembrandt
Đừng bận tâm. Một thời gian.
27 posted on 11/24/2008 9:31:57 PM PST by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul Congress! It's the sensible solution to restore Command to the People.)
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To: james500

This is, most definitely, an extremely large load of bullcr@p.


29 posted on 11/25/2008 4:04:19 AM PST by gogogodzilla (Live free or die!)
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To: Fred Nerks

Thanks FN.


30 posted on 11/25/2008 2:50:51 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, October 11, 2008 !!!)
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To: Ben Reyes

LOL ;-)

I was a Navy linguist. We used to sell t-shirts that said, “Navy linguists do it aurally.”


31 posted on 11/25/2008 4:23:16 PM PST by SatinDoll (NO FOREIGN NATIONALS AS OUR PRESIDENT!!)
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To: BIGLOOK

Hey Jack,

Cell phone w/ me? Yeah, batteries are low though.

GL


32 posted on 11/25/2008 7:20:55 PM PST by Rembrandt
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To: BIGLOOK

Jack,

Where’d you get the font for the tieengs vieetj? Very cool.

Hard to use?

GL

PS: I’m back to the relative warmth of Sarasota tomorrow, Wednesday; probably should have stayed one more day to travel on Thanksgiving but que sera sera.

I hope you have an excellent Thanksgiving.

G


33 posted on 11/25/2008 7:23:52 PM PST by Rembrandt
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To: Rembrandt
Câu trả lời trong năm phút.
34 posted on 11/25/2008 7:28:07 PM PST by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul Congress! It's the sensible solution to restore Command to the People.)
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To: Rembrandt
Where’d you get the font for the tieengs vieetj? Very cool.

Pretty easy if using Language Tools from Google, more difficult using VPS Keys from Viet Nam.

I saw the giáo viên at DLI using type writers with specialized keys to do the diacritical marks and tones which made for a lot of typing and found VPS Keys that do the same thing. Takes practice and patience and haven't got it down pat yet.

Now....what's wrong with your phone. Pay your bill!
35 posted on 11/25/2008 7:42:12 PM PST by BIGLOOK (Keelhaul Congress! It's the sensible solution to restore Command to the People.)
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To: james500

How about a bet: If Faulk can prove his (probably false) allegation, he lives free. If he cannot prove it, he is jailed for life.


36 posted on 12/01/2008 12:07:12 PM PST by Rapscallion (He is elected. Give him a chance to be a great President, too.)
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