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View Diary: NSA whistleblower Russell Tice on Countdown w/KO, Day Two (update X4) (152 comments)

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  •  The only thing I'm unclear on is... (8+ / 0-)

    Is Keith surprised about this development?  I mean it was pretty obvious from the minute this came out years ago that journalists would be the main targets.  Unfriendly journalists are always the targets of surveillance like this.  Nixon's enemy lists were full of journalists, and they were all tapped.

    •  Not quite (6+ / 0-)

      It wasn't "clear" in the past, the idea of systematic surveillance on anybody but suspected terrorists was treated as speculative if it was even mentioned. And there were all those official denials that all of this was being used in any way inappropriately. Even though certain disturbing anecdotes began leaking out around the corners.

      Of course many of us who experienced the government excesses of the '60s felt a certain "moral certainty," but that is not the same thing.

      I would not be surprised to find out that Democratic politicians were watched closely as well. But we don't know yet for sure.

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