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  •  Agreed (4.00)
    but its plausibility grew by a great amount for me following the revelations of the past two weeks.
    •  agreed agreed (none)
      see my other post

      -7.00,-7.74 No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices. -- Edward R Murrow

      by subtropolis on Tue Dec 27, 2005 at 12:22:51 AM PST

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    •  I don't know about Madsen, but (3.94)
      Sen Rockefeller, in May, 2005, sums up the Bolton NSA problem as follows:

      State Department records indicate that Mr. Bolton requested the minimized identities of nineteen U.S. persons contained in ten NSA signals intelligence reports. These requests were processed by the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR). In each instance, the INR request to the NSA, on behalf of Mr. Bolton, included the justification that the identity of the U.S. person(s) was needed in order to better understand or assess the foreign intelligence value of the information contained in the intelligence report. This is the standard justification required by NSA in order for officials to request the identity of a U.S. person contained in a signals intelligence report.

      Based on my personal review of these reports and the context in which U.S. persons are referenced in them, I found no evidence that there was anything improper about Mr. Bolton's ten requests for the identities of U.S. persons.

      Rockefeller indicates Bolton jumped through the proper legal hoops in order to gain access to US identities.  But, by NSA refusing to allow SSCI chairs access to either the identities of the US persons, and with Bolton refusing to be questioned on his access, it's clear that Congress was effectively denied any oversight on whether the disclosure of US persons' intercepts was lawful.

      Furthermore, based on the information available to me, I do not have a complete understanding of Mr. Bolton's handling of the identity information after he received it.

      The Committee has learned during its interview of Mr. Frederick Fleitz, Mr. Bolton's acting Chief of Staff, that on at least one occasion Mr. Bolton is alleged to have shared the un-minimized identity information he received from the NSA with another individual in the State Department. In this instance, the NSA memorandum forwarding the requested identity to State INR included the following restriction: "Request no further action be taken on this information without prior approval of NSA." I have confirmed with the NSA that the phrase "no further action" includes sharing the requested identity of U.S. persons with any individual not authorized by the NSA to receive the identity.

      In addition to being troubled that Mr. Bolton may have shared U.S. person identity information without required NSA approval, I am concerned that the reason for sharing the information was not in keeping with Mr. Bolton's requested justification for the identity in the first place. The identity information was provided to Mr. Bolton based on the stated reason that he needed to know the identity in order to better under the foreign intelligence contained in the NSA report. According to Mr. Fleitz, Mr. Bolton used the information he was provided in one instance in order to seek out the State Department official mentioned in the report to congratulate him. This use of carefully minimized U.S. person identity information seems to be not in keeping with the rationale provided in Mr. Bolton's request.

      Again, Bolton appears to have improperly shared the name of at least one intercepted US person with INR staff, but not for the reasons he claimed in order to obtain the name of the US official in the first place.

      Rockefeller is calling Bolton on his BS, but is helpless, as the Bolton hearings and recess appointment indicate, to do anything about it.

      Is Bolton the only official who played the system, and mocked Congress on it?  I doubt it.


      •  Very interesting report (4.00)
        However, there is nothing here about a US person's communications being monitored.  

        If NSA intercepts something where a US person is mentioned or talked about, (like somebody mentions Colin Powell in their conversation) then that person's name is minimized (removed/changed) from any reports.  It's illegal for them to put out a report with a US person's name. What Sen Rockefeller is saying is that Bolton requested to have those names put back into the reports.  He wanted to see the names.  He wanted NSA to violate their own rules.

        In the second paragraph, Sen Rockefeller is concerned with what Bolton did with those names.

      •  If you congratulate somebody, (none)
        that's a good way to let him know you're keeping tabs on him through secret means.
      •  steve clemons (none)
        Bolton Watch to be Launched in Early 2006
        •  Link (none)
          for The Washington Note. TWN did a huge amount of digging for information around Bolton and his nomination and may have been one of the major influences in keeping it from sailing right through. I find it very interesting that there's going to be a specific site dedicated to tracking Bolton's excesses.

          The degree to which you resist injustice is the degree to which you are free. -- Utah Phillips

          by Mnemosyne on Tue Dec 27, 2005 at 01:25:25 PM PST

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