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  •  Russ Tice's testimony (8+ / 0-)

    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.

    Neither could he brief the inspector general of the NSA because that office is not cleared to hear the information, he said.

    Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., and Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, said they believe a few members of the Armed Services Committee are cleared for the information, but they said believe their committee and the intelligence committees have jurisdiction to hear the allegations.

    "Congressman Kucinich wants Congressman Shays to hold a hearing (on the program)," said Doug Gordon, Kucinich's spokesman. "Obviously it would have to take place in some kind of a closed hearing. But Congress has a role to play in oversight. The (Bush) administration does not get to decide what Congress can and can not hear."

    Tice was testifying because he was a National Security Agency intelligence officer who was stripped of his security clearance after he reported his suspicions that a former colleague at the Defense Intelligence Agency was a spy. The matter was dismissed by the DIA, but Tice pressed it later and was subsequently ordered to take a psychological examination, during which he was declared paranoid. He is now unemployed.

    Tice was one of the New York Times sources for its wiretapping story, but he told the committee the information he provided was not secret and could have been provided by an private sector electronic communications professional.

    Don't forget whistle blower protections that Gore talked about in his MLK-Day speech.

    •  Well, I hope they're not using government money (6+ / 0-)

      over at the NSA.

      Because the last time I looked, only Congress can appropriate money and determine its use.

      And I hope that COngress is not saying to the NSA: here's some money; don't tell us what it's for.

      Because that would be an unconstitutional transfer of legislative authority.

      And I don't care 'How it's done." Appropriations too secret for Congressional approval are illegal.

    •  Incredible (1+ / 0-)
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      NeuvoLiberal

      Just when I think I'm numb to the constitutional violations perpetrated by Bushco., something always seems to come to light that succeeds in shocking me yet again.  

      So now Bushco. are using Chinese government methods against whistleblowers; declare the offender mentally ill, fire him, and dare the media to touch the story.  The next step will be to commit the whistleblowers to high security mental hospitals and force them to take anti-psychotics.

      Where the fuck is the media on this?  This is serious!  Bushco. are tearing up the constitution and nobody even knows about it!  What are we going to do?

      "In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty..." ~Thomas Jefferson

      by Subterranean on Thu May 11, 2006 at 12:57:06 AM PDT

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