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  •  Whistleblower Russ Tice's testimony (6+ / 0-)

    in his house testimony claimed that the program could much larger than what was reported in NYT.

    Whistleblower says NSA violations bigger

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- 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 breaking classification laws. He is not even allowed to tell the congressional intelligence committees - members or their staff - because they lack high enough clearance.

    The Dems need to start questioning the role of clearances. The question of whether the admin is using them as a smokescreen must be hammered hard. One idea is a join house/senate panel with sufficient clearances to sit down and examine the clearances themselves.

    •  yeah, it's getting really treacherous (2+ / 0-)
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      KiaRioGrl79, NeuvoLiberal

      •  ACLU Letter to the Senate Expressing Strong Opposition to the Terrorist Surveillance Act of 2006, Authorizing Warrantless Surveillance By the National Security Agency see:  ACLU LETTER

      •  Center for National Security Studies' Director Kate Martin is quoted as saying, "The bill would make it a crime to tell the American people that the president is breaking the law, and the bill could make it a crime for the newspapers to publish that fact..." See: Martin's statement in Washington Post

      •  Text of the bill

      Ron Suskind is a great writer. I'm not him.

      by suskind on Wed Mar 29, 2006 at 03:46:15 AM PST

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      •  the Martin link doesn't lead to the WP story /nt (0+ / 0-)

        A country is not only what it does - it is also what it puts up with, what it tolerates. - Kurt Tucholsky

        by mimi on Sat Apr 01, 2006 at 04:52:02 AM PST

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