News Update by Tim Jones
Last night, less than 48 hours after George Bush left office, whistleblower and former NSA analyst Russell Tice revealed new information about the NSA's warrantless wiretapping program:
Countdown begins the segment with an appropriate clip of Ex-President Bush's December 2005 talk on wiretapping, in which he claimed that the only communications being intercepted were those with "a clear link to terrorist networks" see below.:
See: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2221852945040630461Tice, in his role as an NSA analyst, quickly came to understand that this just wasn't true:
I don't know what our former president knew or didn't know. I'm sort of down in the weeds. But the National Security Agency had access to all Americans' communications, faxes, phone calls, and their computer communications. And that doesn't -- it didn't matter whether you were in Kansas, you know, in the middle of the country, and you never made a communication -- foreign communications at all. They monitored all communications.
Tice also reveals how NSA officials lied to Congress and others in order to avoid oversight:
TICE: One of the things that could be done was you could take something that was part of the Department of Defense, make it part of the intelligence community, and put a caveat to that, and make that whatever the intelligence community is doing for support will ultimately be given a different caveat. So when the defense committees on the Hill come calling, you say, you can't look at that because that's an intelligence program.
TICE: But when the intelligence program comes calling, you say you can't look at that because it is a Department of Defense program.
TICE: So you basically have a little shell game that you are playing back and forth.
On Thursday, he returned to the airwaves with expanded allegations against the NSA, claiming the agency collected Americans' credit card records, and adding that he believes the massive, warrantless data vacuum to be the remnants of the Total Information Awareness program, shut down by Congress in 2003.
Asked for comment by Olbermann's staff, the agency responded, "NSA considers the constitutional rights of US citizens to be sacrosanct. The intelligence community faces immense challenges in protecting our nation. No matter the challenges, NSA remains dedicated to performing its mission under the rule of law."
Olbermann ran the quote under a banner which read, "Non-denial denial."
"As far as the wiretap information that made it though NSA, there was also data-mining that was involved," Tice told Olbermann during the pair's second interview. "At some point, information from credit card records and financial transactions was married in with that information."
At this point on the audio track, Olbermann can be heard taking a deep breath.
"So, lucky American citizens, tens of thousands of whom are now on digital databases at NSA, who have no idea of this, also have that information included in those digital files that have been warehoused," said Tice.
"... Do you have any idea what all this stuff was used for?" asked the stunned host.
"The obvious explanation would be, if you did have a potential terrorist, you'd want to know where they're spending money, whether they purchased an airline ticket, that sort of thing," said Tice. "But, once again, we're talking about tens of thousands of innocent US citizens that have been caught up into this trap. They have no clue.
GUESS WHO DOES HAVE A CLUE....TIs all over the world know what the NSA and SAIC are doing with the data. "THEY" are using the said date to build and maintain the torture matrix.
Also, please keep in mind that the NSA tried to commit Mr. Tice to a mental institution, which, as all TIs know is their standard SOP.
(1) One day [IT WILL COME OUT] and I ponder what will American's do? All whistleblowers reiterate Mr. Tice's courage & sacrifice : "I've done my constitutional duty. I've done what I had to do. That's all I'll say. Let the chips fall where they may. I'm out of the game. I've fallen on my sword."
"And Ye Shall Know The Truth And The Truth Shall Set You Free"
WAKE UP AMERICA....ITS OUR COUNTRY!!!
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