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  • Lichtblau of 'NYT' Explains Attempt to Halt His Bank Records Scoop

    06/24/2006 9:24:07 PM PDT · by airedale · 36 replies · 1,081+ views
    Editior and Publisher ^ | 06/ 23/2006 | Joe Strupp
    Eric Lichtblau, one of two New York Times' reporters who broke today's story of a secret government monitoring of private banking records - which the Bush Administration sought to block - said the White House arguments to halt the story were not as strong as those that had kept a previous report on secret wiretapping out of the paper for a year. "They were similar in terms of the objections raised not to publish," Lichtblau told E&P today. "That the bad guys knew we were listening to them, but they don't know exactly how." But he said the objections "did...
  • Five unanswered questions about the NSA’s surveillance programs

    07/07/2013 1:45:22 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 7, 2013 | Brendan Sasso
    Leaks by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden have provided new insight into how the government monitors domestic and foreign communications for threats to national security. Although the government has disclosed some additional details about the programs in response to the leaks, important questions remain about the nature and scope of the surveillance programs. Without that additional information, it is impossible to know the extent to which the government is peering into the lives of Americans in the name of national security, according to privacy advocates. 1. What other data is being collected under the Patriot Act? The first...
  • Obama's turning point has arrived

    06/25/2013 2:17:29 PM PDT · by libstripper · 59 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 25, 2013 | K.T. McFarland
    There is a turning point in every presidency that people point back to and say, you know, nothing was ever the same after that. Sometimes it is the point where presidents go on to greatness. Sometimes, it is when a presidency unravels. For Jimmy Carter, it was when a group of students seized the American Embassy and took more than 100 American diplomats hostage in November 1979. Carter could do nothing right after that. His attempt to rescue the hostages was a pathetic, feeble failure. During the oil crisis Carter went around the White House in a cardigan sweater turning...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Snowden sought Booz Allen job to gather evidence on NSA surveillance

    06/24/2013 8:43:26 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 60 replies
    south china morning post ^ | 6/24 | lana lam
    For the first time, Snowden has admitted he sought a position at Booz Allen Hamilton so he could collect proof about the US National Security Agency’s secret surveillance programmes ahead of planned leaks to the media. “My position with Booz Allen Hamilton granted me access to lists of machines all over the world the NSA hacked,” he told the Post on June 12. “That is why I accepted that position about three months ago.” During a global online chat last week, Snowden also stated he took pay cuts “in the course of pursuing specific work”. His admission comes as US...
  • We’re all under surveillance. So what?

    06/22/2013 5:11:34 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 42 replies
    Maclean's ^ | JUNE 21, 2013 | Jesse Brown
    I’ve been covering privacy issues for the past six years, roughly the same time period that saw the largest erosion of personal privacy in human history. Yet of the handful of technology topics I write about, privacy is consistently the least popular with readers. Unless some federal minister is equating privacy fears with support for child molesters, people just don’t click. But two weeks ago, everyone decided to finally give a damn about privacy. Then, just as suddenly, everyone was over it. The inciting incident was the news of PRISM, a massive National Security Agency surveillance effort, which was leaked...
  • NSA Whistleblower: NSA Spying On – and Blackmailing – Top Government Officials and Military Officers

    06/22/2013 1:09:57 PM PDT · by Renfield · 49 replies
    NSA whistleblower Russel Tice – a key source in the 2005 New York Times report that blew the lid off the Bush administration’s use of warrantless wiretapping – told Peter B. Collins on Boiling Frogs Post (the website of FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds): Tice: Okay. They went after–and I know this because I had my hands literally on the paperwork for these sort of things–they went after high-ranking military officers; they went after members of Congress, both Senate and the House, especially on the intelligence committees and on the armed services committees and some of the–and judicial. But they went...
  • BUSH-ERA NSA WHISTLEBLOWER MAKES MOST EXPLOSIVE ALLEGATIONS YET

    06/20/2013 9:53:21 PM PDT · by NYRepublican72 · 52 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 6/20/2013 | Jason Howerton
    Russ Tice, a former intelligence analyst and Bush-era NSA whistleblower, claimed Wednesday that the intelligence community has ordered surveillance on a wide range of groups and individuals, including high-ranking military officials, lawmakers and diplomats. He also made another stunning allegation. He says the NSA had ordered wiretaps on phones connected to then-Senate candidate Barack Obama back in 2004. “They went after–and I know this because I had my hands literally on the paperwork for these sort of things–they went after high-ranking military officers; they went after members of Congress, both Senate and the House, especially on the intelligence committees and...
  • Leaked NSA Doc Says It Can Collect And Keep Your Encrypted Data

    06/20/2013 8:48:59 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 21 replies
    ...The simple fact that the data is encrypted and that the NSA wants to crack it may be enough to let the agency keep it indefinitely. ...In other words, privacy advocates may be facing a nasty Catch-22: Fail to encrypt your communications, and they’re vulnerable to any eavesdropper’s surveillance. But encrypt them, and they become legally subject to eavesdropping by the most powerful surveillance agency in the world.
  • Whistleblower says NSA violations bigger

    02/14/2006 4:29:35 PM PST · by wjersey · 31 replies · 1,005+ views
    UPI ^ | 2/14/2006 | staff
    A former NSA employee said Tuesday there is another ongoing top-secret surveillance program that might have violated millions of Americans' Constitutional rights. Russell D. Tice told the House Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations he has concerns about a "special access" electronic surveillance program that he characterized as far more wide-ranging than the warrentless wiretapping recently exposed by the New York Times but he is forbidden from discussing the program with Congress. Tice said he believes it violates the Constitution's protection against unlawful search and seizures but has no way of sharing the information without...
  • NSA Accused of Psychologically Abusing Whistleblowers

    01/25/2006 9:58:26 AM PST · by Quilla · 28 replies · 775+ views
    CNSNews ^ | January 25, 2006 | Sherrie Gossett
    Five current and former National Security Agency (NSA) employees have told Cybercast News Service that the agency frequently retaliates against whistleblowers by falsely labeling them "delusional," "paranoid" or "psychotic." The intimidation tactics are allegedly used to protect powerful superiors who might be incriminated by damaging information, the whistleblowers say. They also point to a climate of fear that now pervades the agency. Critics warn that because some employees blew the whistle on alleged foreign espionage and criminal activity, the "psychiatric abuse" and subsequent firings are undermining national security. A spokesman for the NSA declined to comment about the allegations contained...
  • Inside the Puzzle Palace - A Reason interview with NSA whistleblower Russell Tice

    01/13/2006 6:37:08 PM PST · by Angel · 12 replies · 770+ views
    Reason Online ^ | January 13, 2006 | Julian Sanchez
    In December, New York Times reporters James Risen and Eric Lichtblau commandeered the news cycle with the revelation that President Bush had approved a program of warrantless wiretaps of domestic-to-international communications by the super-secretive National Security Agency. Days later, they disclosed that the NSA's electronic eavesdropping may have been far more extensive than initial reports suggested, involving the harvesting of enormous volumes of telcommunications data for analysis. One of their sources was former NSA insider Russell Tice, who earlier this week told ABC News that the communications of millions of Americans might have been vacuumed up in one of a...
  • Ex-official warned against testifying on NSA programs

    01/12/2006 11:27:10 AM PST · by JZelle · 30 replies · 1,219+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 1-12-06 | Bill Gertz
    The National Security Agency has warned a former intelligence officer that he should not testify to Congress about accusations of illegal activity at NSA because of the secrecy of the programs involved. Renee Seymour, director of NSA special access programs stated in a Jan. 9 letter to Russ Tice that he should not testify about secret electronic intelligence programs because members and staff of the House and Senate intelligence committees do not have the proper security clearances for the secret intelligence. Miss Seymour stated that Mr. Tice has "every right" to speak to Congress and that NSA has "no intent...
  • Getting to the bottom of the NSA leaks?

    01/11/2006 9:53:13 PM PST · by Ooh-Ah · 7 replies · 614+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | January 11th, 2006
    There may be some progress in identifying the source of the leak of classified NSA secrets. If suspicions being raised today play out, a harmonic convergence of anti-Bush leftists may be exposed.Bill Gertz is reporting that a former NSA employee has asked to testify before Congress about the NSA wiretapping: A former National Security Agency official wants to tell Congress about electronic intelligence programs that he asserts were carried out illegally by the NSA and the Defense Intelligence Agency. Russ Tice, a whistleblower who was dismissed from the NSA last year, stated in letters to the House and Senate intelligence...
  • US spied on Russian President Medvedev at 2009 G20 summit – NSA leaks

    06/16/2013 2:37:35 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 20 replies
    RT ^ | 6/16 | RT
    As Britain readies to host the G8 summit, the documents uncovered by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have revealed that back in 2009 US spies intercepted top-secret communication of then Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev, during his visit to London. The shocking news has been broken by The Guardian which has seen the documents. It also revealed that a UK intelligence agency, GCHQ, monitored foreign politicians and intercepted their emails during the 2009 G20 summit held in the British capital. Some delegates were tricked into using internet cafes which had been set up by UK intelligence agencies to read their email traffic....
  • Leaked Docs: US Grabbed Medvedev's Phone Calls at G20 in 2009

    06/16/2013 7:31:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 16, 2013 | Staff
    According to new details leaked to The Guardian (UK) by NSA leaker Edward Snowden, American and British intelligence directed snooping efforts against internet and phone data from foreign officials at the G20 in 2009. According to the documents, which were created by the NSA and handed over to the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s phone calls were bugged, and emails and calls from other delegates’ phones were monitored as well. Fake internet cafes were created to grab keystrokes from attendees. Forty-five analysts were given round-the-clock updates on who was calling whom at the summit. The...
  • Edward Snowden and the Selective Targeting of Leaks (Important resource article)

    06/15/2013 10:08:07 AM PDT · by kristinn · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tuesday, June 11, 2013 | Jack Shafer
    Edward Snowden’s expansive disclosures to the Guardian and the Washington Post about various National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance programs have only two corollaries in contemporary history—the classified cache Bradley Manning allegedly released to WikiLeaks a few years ago and Daniel Ellsberg’s dissemination of the voluminous Pentagon Papers to the New York Times and other newspapers in 1971. Leakers like Snowden, Manning and Ellsberg don’t merely risk being called narcissists, traitors or mental cases for having liberated state secrets for public scrutiny. They absolutely guarantee it. In the last two days, the New York Times’s David Brooks, Politico’s Roger Simon, the...
  • Radical Activist Filmmaker Laura Poitras Shared Byline on WaPo NSA Story

    06/11/2013 5:59:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 6/11/13 | Alana Goodman
    The coauthor of the Washington Post’s bombshell story on the National Security Agency’s PRISM surveillance program is a long-time activist filmmaker who has railed against U.S. counterterrorism policies put into place after the Sept. 11 attacks. Filmmaker Laura Poitras, who shared the lead byline with former Post journalist Barton Gellman on the paper’s front-page NSA story, is not on the Post’s staff and is not a print reporter. Poitras has criticized the “illegal” Guantanamo Bay detention facility, described enhanced interrogation techniques as “legalized torture,” and criticized the intelligence community’s surveillance methods in her films and public comments. While traditional media...
  • Cyber-snooping backlash builds in Berlin before Obama's JFK trip

    06/11/2013 5:59:52 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 11, 2013 | By Noah Barkin
    German outrage over a secret U.S. Internet spying program is building before a visit by Barack Obama next week, with senior members of Chancellor Angela Merkel's government demanding a full explanation from the president when he lands in Berlin. Merkel's spokesman has said she will raise the issue with Obama in talks next Wednesday. That could cast a cloud over the visit, designed to celebrate U.S.-German ties on the 50th anniversary of a famous speech in which President John F. Kennedy declared: "Ich bin ein Berliner". Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger said reports the United States could access and track virtually all...
  • U.S. Prism spying program rattles EU lawmakers

    06/11/2013 6:07:14 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 11, 2013 | By Claire Davenport
    European lawmakers threatened on Tuesday to unpick data-sharing agreements with the United States, reacting furiously to reports that U.S. authorities have accessed emails and other personal data from leading Internet companies. The news has forced European governments to explain whether they let Washington spy on their citizens or benefited from snooping that would be illegal at home. In a heated debate in the European Parliament, lawmakers complained that for a decade they had yielded to U.S. demands for access to European financial and travel data and said it was now time to re-examine the deals and to limit data access....
  • NSA Whistleblower Details How The NSA Has Spied On US Citizens Since 9/11

    06/11/2013 6:59:21 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 21 replies
    businessinsider.com ^ | Aug. 24, 2012 | Michael Kelley
    National Security Agency whistleblower William Binney explains how the secretive agency runs its pervasive domestic spying apparatus in a new piece by Laura Poitras in The New York Times. Binney—one of the best mathematicians and code breakers in NSA history—worked for the Defense Department's foreign signals intelligence agency for 32 years before resigning in late 2001 because he "could not stay after the NSA began purposefully violating the Constitution." In a short video called "The Program," Binney explains how the agency took part of one of the programs he built and started using it to spy on virtually every U.S....
  • Judge Napolitano: NSA Leaker Andrew Snowden "An American Hero" (Video at URL

    06/10/2013 4:36:24 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 210 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 6/10/2013 | Ian Schwartz
    JUDGE ANDREW NAPOLITANO: I would describe this man as an American hero, as a person willing to risk life, limb and liberty in order to expose to the American people one of the most extraordinary violations of the American principles, value judgments and the Constitution itself in all of our history. A person so familiar with the intelligence community, as you just heard from the excerpts that you just played. He's aware of the personal danger to himself. He knows of the likelihood of prosecution. But he also understands that the government listening to half the country is not what...
  • Meet the NSA leaker, Edward Snowden

    06/10/2013 3:14:09 PM PDT · by Fred · 47 replies
    Human Events ^ | 61013 | John Hayward
    The UK Guardian revealed the source for its stories on the NSA phone-monitoring story (and, evidently, the Washington Post story about the PRISM Internet snooping program) is a 29-year-old IT specialist for defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton named Edward Snowden. He says he enlisted in the Army with an eye towards fighting in Iraq because “I felt like I had an obligation as a human being to help free people from oppression,” ended up spending three years as a CIA security technician, and voted for Barack Obama. He now claims to be deeply disillusioned about Iraq, the CIA, and Obama....
  • Liberty, Security, Safety, Privacy, Big Brother, and the Concept of the Common Good

    06/10/2013 1:36:00 PM PDT · by Starman417
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-10-13 | Dave The Sage
    The outrage is palpable and the sudden realization by the average American that they really, truly are now living in a Orwellian surveillance state has been an eye-opening experience for many across the fruited plain. The once mocked conspiracy theories of the all-knowing Big Brother state has shown itself to be far more of an ugly reality than a silly fantasy. He who has called the War on Terror basically over has now been forced to admit that his administration has vastly expanded the concept of the security state in the name of 'public safety.' The 'trust us' stance of...
  • Edward Snowden Gone From Hong Kong Hotel, Whereabouts Unknown

    06/10/2013 12:45:15 PM PDT · by drewh · 47 replies
    LA Times ^ | 2 hours ago
    BEIJING -- Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old contractor identified as the source of leaks about the U.S. electronic surveillance program, apparently checked out of his Hong Kong hotel at midday Monday, his destination and whereabouts unknown. "We know he was here until today," said Cosmo Beatson, a Hong Kong-based refugee activist who heads an organization called Vision First. Beatson said Monday night it is possible that Snowden boarded a plane from Hong Kong -- since there is no warrant for his arrest -- or was smuggled onto one of the many illegal speedboats smuggling people and goods between mainland Chinese and...
  • Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind revelations of NSA surveillance

    06/09/2013 11:41:17 AM PDT · by sunmars · 357 replies
    GUARDIAN ^ | Sunday 9 June 2013 14.27 EDT | Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and Laura Poitras in Hong Kong
    The individual responsible for one of the most significant leaks in US political history is Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of the defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Snowden has been working at the National Security Agency for the last four years as an employee of various outside contractors, including Booz Allen and Dell. The Guardian, after several days of interviews, is revealing his identity at his request. From the moment he decided to disclose numerous top-secret documents to the public, he was determined not to opt for the protection of anonymity. "I...
  • Edward Snowden's explosive NSA leaks have US in damage control mode

    06/10/2013 11:55:04 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 32 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Monday 10 June 2013 14.43 EDT | Dan Roberts and Spencer Ackerman in Washington and Tania Branigan in Beijing
    Washington was struggling to contain one of the most explosive national security leaks in US history on Monday, as public criticism grew of the sweeping surveillance state revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden. Political opinion was split, with some members of Congress calling for the immediate extradition of a man they consider a "defector" but other senior politicians from both parties questioning whether US surveillance practices had gone too far. Daniel Ellsberg, the former military analyst who revealed secrets of the Vietnam war through the so-called Pentagon Papers in 1971, described Snowden's leak as even more important and perhaps the most...
  • Inside the ‘Q Group,’ the Directorate Hunting Down Edward Snowden

    06/10/2013 11:38:29 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 13 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | Jun 10, 2013 12:44 PM EDT | Eli Lake
    Even before last week’s revelations by The Guardian newspaper that the National Security Agency (NSA) was collecting call records from telecommunications companies and had the ability to mine user data from major U.S. Internet companies, the NSA was already on the trail of the leaker, according to two former U.S. intelligence officers with close ties to the agency.
  • Judge Napolitano on NSA Whistleblower: 'Gov't Took Freedom Under Cover of Darkness'

    06/10/2013 11:35:26 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 34 replies
    ... Bill Hemmer asked the judge what he thinks we need to understand about what Snowden is telling us. Judge Napolitano explained that the government has granted itself this sweeping authority without a national debate about how much privacy Americans are willing to sacrifice... He said the government wants Americans to sacrifice liberty in return for the promise of security... ...
  • FEC records show that Edward Snowden donated to Ron Paul

    06/10/2013 4:21:34 AM PDT · by markomalley · 25 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 6/10/2013 | Charlie Spiering
    National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden appears to be a Ron Paul supporter as Federal Election Committee records show donations to the libertarian Republican presidential candidate.The records show that Snowden donated $250 to Paul in March 2012 under his address in Maryland, and an additional $250 in May 2012 under his Hawaii address.In his interview with the Guardian, Snowden indicated that he voted for a third party candidate for president.
  • How did a high school drop-out become entrusted with the government's biggest secrets?

    06/10/2013 9:25:58 AM PDT · by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost · 113 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | June 10, 2013 | Lydia Warren
    Edward Snowden, 29, leaked details of PRISM, a National Security Agency program he says harvests personal data from internetHe has fled to Hong Kong from Hawaii, where he worked as computer technician for government contractor on $200,000 a year salary Questions over how a man who failed to complete his high school education was entrusted with NSA's top secrets and systems The man behind one of the most significant leaks in U.S. history has revealed himself as a high school drop-out who turned against his government when he realized it was 'doing far more harm than good'. As Edward...
  • US leaker Edward Snowden 'defending liberty'

    06/10/2013 9:26:29 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 10 replies
    bbc ^ | 10 June 2013 Last updated at 10:38 ET
    An ex-CIA employee has said he acted to "protect basic liberties for people around the world" in leaking details of US phone and internet surveillance. Edward Snowden, 29, was revealed as the source of the leaks at his own request by the UK's Guardian newspaper. Mr Snowden, who says he has fled to Hong Kong, said he had an "obligation to help free people from oppression". The recent revelations are that US agencies gathered millions of phone records and monitored internet data. A spokesman for the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence said the case had been referred...
  • How the Washington Post Lost the PRISM Exclusive [media bias]

    06/10/2013 1:01:09 AM PDT · by grundle · 23 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | June 10, 2013 | Abby Ohlheiser
    Barton Gellman posted a story cobbled from his chat transcripts with Snowden late Sunday, which contained this exchange concerning the whistleblower's conditions to keep the story the Post's: To effect his plan, Snowden asked for a guarantee that The Washington Post would publish — within 72 hours — the full text of a PowerPoint presentation describing PRISM, a top-secret surveillance program that gathered intelligence from Microsoft, Facebook, Google and other Silicon Valley giants. He also asked that The Post publish online a cryptographic key that he could use to prove to a foreign embassy that he was the document’s source....
  • Blogger overhears intel officials saying NSA leaker should be ‘disappeared’

    06/08/2013 7:24:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    Twitchy ^ | June 8, 2013 | Staff
    Glenn Greenwald âś” @ggreenwald Read this tweet and what follows: https://twitter.com/SCClemons/status/343392529913356289 Â… 5:00 PM - 8 Jun 2013 194 Retweets 47 favorites Remember that tidbit about the Chinese president deciding not to sleep over at the lush Sunnylands estate with President Obama because of concerns of eavesdropping? Maybe that wasnÂ’t such a bad idea. According to a series of tweets by Atlantic editor-at-large Steve Clemons, U.S. intel officials arenÂ’t very careful about speaking their minds in public. Steve Clemons @SCClemons In Dulles UAL lounge listening to 4 US intel officials saying loudly leaker & reporter on #NSA stuff should be...
  • NSA leak investigating continuing

    09/02/2006 11:45:12 AM PDT · by jrooney · 16 replies · 1,065+ views
    Macsmind ^ | 09-02-06 | Macranger
    When we last tuned in on July 25th, Russell Tice - a disgruntled ex-NSA staffer was subpoenaed to appear before the GJ, but balked when he found out just how rigorous the DOJ is perusing the leakers. So what has been going on in the meantime? According to sources the initial focus of the GJ is towards the media involvement, with special emphasis on who in our Government, specifically within the IC, or (as many believe via their sources) from the Senate Intelligence Committee via a staffer, is leaking classified information.
  • Behind the Eavesdropping Story, a Loud Silence

    12/31/2005 8:07:08 PM PST · by quidnunc · 53 replies · 2,717+ views
    The New York Times ^ | January 1, 2006 | Byron Calame
    The New York Times's explanation of its decision to report, after what it said was a one-year delay, that the National Security Agency is eavesdropping domestically without court-approved warrants was woefully inadequate. And I have had unusual difficulty getting a better explanation for readers, despite the paper's repeated pledges of greater transparency. For the first time since I became public editor, the executive editor and the publisher have declined to respond to my requests for information about news-related decision-making. My queries concerned the timing of the exclusive Dec. 16 article about President Bush's secret decision in the months after 9/11...
  • Former NSA Officer Receives Grand Jury Subpoena in Leak Probe

    07/28/2006 1:40:48 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 31 replies · 1,084+ views
    AP/Fox News ^ | 7/28/2006 | AP
    WASHINGTON — A federal grand jury investigating leaks of classified information has summoned a former National Security Agency officer who says he talked to reporters about the agency's warrantless eavesdropping program. Russell Tice received a subpoena to testify next Wednesday to a grand jury that is meeting in Alexandria, Va. The subpoena was posted Friday on a Web site run by a whistleblowers' group to which Tice belongs. "The grand jury is conducting an investigation of possible violations of federal criminal laws involving the unauthorized disclosure of classified information," according to a letter that accompanied the subpoena.
  • NSA Leak Investigation Hits Capitol Hill

    07/28/2006 11:50:52 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 41 replies · 2,528+ views
    Strata-Sphere ^ | 7-24-06 | AJ Strata
    Finally some reports are coming out regarding the NSA leak investigation and their prime target for the leaks: Capitol Hill. Jay Rockefeller, who was interviewed for the NY Times story which exposed our efforts to identify terrorists here in the US ready to attack us, is probably on the interview list. From the sounds of the reporting it does not appear to be a pleasant exercise for these all powerful men and women in Congress: There are also indications from at least one Senator, Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), that the FBI is asking Members about comments of theirs that appeared in...
  • Rockefeller Did You Teller - Here We Go.

    07/28/2006 10:24:00 AM PDT · by jrooney · 27 replies · 710+ views
    Macsmind ^ | 07-28-06 | Macranger
    “National Security Whistleblowers Coalition puts out this press release for immediate release. When reading the wording…consider the source. On Wednesday, July 26, Russell Tice, former National Security Agency (NSA) intelligence analyst and a member of National Security Whistleblowers Coalition (NSWBC), was approached outside his home by two FBI agents who served him with a subpoena to testify in front of a federal grand jury. NSWBC has obtained a copy of the subpoena issued for Mr. Tice’s testimony and is releasing it to the public for the first time. The subpoena directs Mr. Tice to appear before the jury on August...
  • Federal Source to ABC News: We Know Who You're Calling (Leaking about the FBI's Leak Investigation)

    05/18/2006 5:51:24 AM PDT · by Yo-Yo · 8 replies · 347+ views
    ABC News Blog ^ | May 15, 2006 | Brian Ross and Richard Esposito
    Federal Source to ABC News: We Know Who You're Calling May 15, 2006 10:33 AM Brian Ross and Richard Esposito Report: A senior federal law enforcement official tells ABC News the government is tracking the phone numbers we (Brian Ross and Richard Esposito) call in an effort to root out confidential sources. "It's time for you to get some new cell phones, quick," the source told us in an in-person conversation. ABC News does not know how the government determined who we are calling, or whether our phone records were provided to the government as part of the recently-disclosed NSA...
  • Attorney General Says Reporters Can Be Prosecuted for Publishing Classified Leaks

    05/24/2006 10:12:48 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 25 replies · 742+ views
    AP/Fox News ^ | 5-22-06
    Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said Sunday he believes journalists can be prosecuted for publishing classified information, citing an obligation to national security. The nation's top law enforcer also said the government will not hesitate to track telephone calls made by reporters as part of a criminal leak investigation, but officials would not do so routinely and randomly. "There are some statutes on the book which, if you read the language carefully, would seem to indicate that that is a possibility," Gonzales said, referring to prosecutions. "We have an obligation to enforce those laws. We have an obligation to ensure that...
  • Rep. Pete Hoekstra: Journalism vs. Security (USA Today Put Americans at Risk)

    05/13/2006 1:17:32 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 5 replies · 665+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 13, 2006 | Representative Pete Hoekstra
    WE ARE IN the first war of the Information Age, and we have a critical advantage over our enemy: We are far better at gathering intelligence. It's an advantage we must utilize, and it's keeping us safe. But every time classified national security information is leaked, our ability to gather information on those who would do us harm is eroded. We suffered a setback Thursday when USA Today ran a front-page story alleging that the National Security Agency was collecting domestic phone records. This article hurt our efforts to protect Americans by giving the enemy valuable insights into the Terrorist...
  • Expect Journalistic Tongues to Loosen (Durbin, Rockefeller tied to NSA Leak?)

    03/07/2006 3:12:39 AM PST · by KCRW · 40 replies · 2,409+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 03/07/06 | Jack Kelly
    Journalists will be paying rapt attention when Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman go on trial next month for violation of the Espionage Act of 1917. Mr. Rosen and Mr. Weissman were officials of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee. They received classified information from Lawrence Franklin, an analyst at the Department of Defense, which they passed on to an Israeli diplomat, and to journalists. They are the first private citizens ever to be prosecuted under the Espionage Act. ..... But it's more likely prosecutors will use the Plame precedent to get journalists to disclose their sources. The NSA leak investigation issaid...
  • One Dangerous Feller: Senator Wants No Secrets

    03/05/2006 8:30:12 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 44 replies · 1,327+ views
    The New Media Journal ^ | 3-4-06 | Daniel Clark - OP/ED
    March,4,2006One Dangerous Feller: Senator Wants No SecretsDaniel Clark   When Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D, W.Va.) accused President Bush of endangering America by releasing classified information, most conservatives simply laughed him off. That's certainly an understandable reaction, since Rockefeller accusing others of leaking government secrets is a little like his state's other senator, Robert Byrd, telling somebody to get to the point. The tactic behind this absurdity, however, is something that's got to be taken seriously. In a February 17th letter to Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte, Rockefeller wrote, "Given the administration's continuing abuse of intelligence information for political purposes,...
  • Rockefeller Feeling the Heat?

    02/24/2006 8:21:38 AM PST · by slowhand520 · 27 replies · 1,837+ views
    American Spectator ^ | The Washington Prowler
    Rockefeller Feeling the Heat? - Friday, February 24, 2006 @ 10:33:34 AM So Sen. Jay Rockefeller sent a letter to Amb. John Negroponte complaining about White House leaks to Bob Woodward. Why would Rockefeller be so uptight? Perhaps because he senses the FBI is locking in some of his loyalists in the NSA and overseas prison leaks? Things are going to be getting interesting for a number of folks on Capitol Hill in the coming days. Posted By: The Washington Prowler
  • Hoekstra: Leak Means NSA Program No Longer Effective [Demoncrats & Liberal MSM Are Treasonous]

    02/13/2006 6:04:37 AM PST · by conservativecorner · 36 replies · 1,854+ views
    Fox News ^ | Feb. 12, 2006 | Not Cited
    WASHINGTON — The House Intelligence Committee chairman on Sunday questioned the value of President Bush's NSA eavesdropping program, saying Al Qaeda undoubtedly has changed its means of communication to avoid Washington's monitoring. Bush said two weeks ago in his State of the Union address that the program of monitoring calls and e-mail between the United States and suspected terrorist associates overseas "remains essential to the security of America." But Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., suggested that the public disclosure of the program's existence in December in the New York Times has undermined its effectiveness. "Does anyone really believe that, after 50...
  • N.Y. Times Probed in NSA Leak Case

    02/07/2006 8:45:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 37 replies · 2,208+ views
    NewsMax ^ | February 7, 2006 | Carl Limbacher
    Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez revealed Monday that the Justice Department is still investigating the leak of national security secrets to the New York Times concerning the NSA’s controversial terrorist surveillance program. The possibility of criminal charges looms for the suspected leakers, as Gonzalez vowed to file charges if warranted by the findings of the investigation. Gonzalez offered the information in response to questioning by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He was there testifying on the constitutionality of the NSA terrorist surveillance program that tracks communications to and from the United States. "The department,” Gonzalez said, "has...
  • ACLU Welcomes Senate Inquiry Into Warrantless NSA Spying Program

    02/06/2006 4:53:29 AM PST · by Jay777 · 19 replies · 524+ views
    ACLU ^ | 6-Feb-06 | Unknown
    As the Senate Judiciary Committee met today to conduct the first official Congressional oversight hearing on the warrantless National Security Agency wiretapping program, the American Civil Liberties Union urged Senators to ask tough questions of the sole witness, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, and reject the administration’s claim that the operation is both legal and necessary. “President Bush, like all presidents, is bound by the rule of law,” said ACLU Executive Director Anthony D. Romero. “The Senate Judiciary Committee must vigorously fulfill its responsibility to America by asking tough questions of the attorney general. While Mr. Gonzales gave the go-ahead on...
  • Justice Dept. to use Polygraphs in NSA Leak Investigation: Jed Babbin Says on John Batchelor Show

    02/04/2006 8:37:53 AM PST · by new yorker 77 · 29 replies · 1,476+ views
    www.johnbatchelorshow.com ^ | February 3, 2006
    I was listening to the John Batchelor Program last night. Jed Babbin, of the American Spectator, was a guest last night, Friday, February 3, 2006. Babbin said several things last night: 1) The Justice Department investigation into the leaking of the NSA program is pointing to Capital Hill. 2) The Justice Department is looking to use polygraphs on members of Congress and their staffers. 3) Any Senate member of Congress who refuses a polygraph directive by the Justice Department automatically loses their security clearance if they have one. 4) The names being rumored to be a target of the investigation...
  • AIM Report - New York Times Aids Al Qaeda

    02/04/2006 11:13:37 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 10 replies · 1,095+ views
    Accuracy In Media (AIM) ^ | Feb. 4, 2006 | Wes Vernon
    The media double standard on the stories of two leak investigations is striking. On the one hand, Washington newshounds demanded to know who leaked the name of desk-bound CIA bureaucrat Valerie Plame to columnist Robert Novak. Contrast that with the way the media handled news the Justice Department is investigating to determine those who leaked information to the New York Times that the National Security Agency (NSA) monitored phone calls from al-Qaeda terrorists to persons in the U.S. Suddenly, these same media mavens reacted in horror that anyone would think of harassing "whistleblowers." A 22-year veteran of the Air Force...
  • CIA Chief Says Wiretap Disclosure Damaging (Democrats nervous)

    02/02/2006 10:50:14 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 201 replies · 5,844+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 2 Feb 06 | KATHERINE SHRADER
    WASHINGTON - CIA Director Porter Goss said Thursday that the disclosure of President Bush's eavesdropping-without-warrants program and other once-secret projects had undermined U.S. intelligence-gathering abilities. "The damage has been very severe to our capabilities to carry out our mission," Goss told the Senate Intelligence Committee. He said a federal grand jury should be empaneled to determine "who is leaking this information." His testimony came after National Intelligence Director John Negroponte, who directs all intelligence activities, strongly defended the program, calling it crucial for protecting the nation against its most menacing threat. "This was not about domestic surveillance," Negroponte said. Leaders...