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Whistleblower: NSA spied on everyone, targeted journalists

Former National Security Agency analyst Russell Tice, who helped expose the NSA's warrantless wiretapping in December 2005, has now come forward with even more startling allegations. Tice told MSNBC's Keith Olbermann on Wednesday that the programs that spied on Americans were not only much broader than previously acknowledged but specifically targeted journalists.

"The National Security Agency had access to all Americans' communications -- faxes, phone calls, and their computer communications," Tice claimed. "It didn't matter whether you were in Kansas, in the middle of the country, and you never made foreign communications at all. They monitored all communications."

Tice further explained that "even for the NSA it's impossible to literally collect all communications. ... What was done was sort of an ability to look at the metadata ... and ferret that information to determine what communications would ultimately be collected."

According to Tice, in addition to this "low-tech, dragnet" approach, the NSA also had the ability to hone in on specific groups, and that was the aspect he himself was involved with. However, even within the NSA there was a cover story meant to prevent people like Tice from realizing what they were doing.

"In one of the operations that I was in, we looked at organizations, just supposedly so that we would not target them," Tice told Olbermann. "What I was finding out, though, is that the collection on those organizations was 24/7 and 365 days a year -- and it made no sense. ... I started to investigate that. That's about the time when they came after me to fire me."

When Olbermann pressed him for specifics, Tice offered, "An organization that was collected on were US news organizations and reporters and journalists."

"To what purpose?" Olbermann asked. "I mean, is there a file somewhere full of every email sent by all the reporters at the New York Times? Is there a recording somewhere of every conversation I had with my little nephew in upstate New York?"

Tice did not answer directly, but simply stated, "If it was involved in this specific avenue of collection, it would be everything." He added, however, that he had no idea what was ultimately done with the information, except that he was sure it "was digitized and put on databases somewhere."

Tice first began alleging that there were illegal activities going on at both the NSA and the Defense Intelligence Agency in December 2005, several months after being fired by the NSA. He also served at that time as a source for the New York Times story which revealed the existence of the NSA's wireless wiretapping program.

Over the next several months, however, Tice was frustrated in his attempts to testify before Congress, had his credibility attacked by Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh, and was subpoenaed by a federal grand jury in an apparent attempt at intimidation.

Tice is now coming forward again now because George Bush is finally out of office. He told Olbermann that the Obama administration has not been in touch with him about his latest revelations, but, "I did send a letter to, I think it's [Obama intelligence adviser John] Brennan -- a handwritten letter, because I knew all my communications were tapped, my phones, my computer, and I've had the FBI on me like flies on you-know-what ... and I'm assuming that he gave the note to our current president -- that I intended to say a little bit more than I had in the past."


This video is from MSNBC's Countdown, broadcast Jan. 21, 2009.


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  • Obama's people are even now listening to your calls.

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  • No terrorist group will ever take away our rights only our government will. Anyone who supports this is just as anti-american as the ones we fight. Do you really think were going to get invaded by 300,000,000 pissed of muslims looking to take over America,what a joke some are.

    Name 1 right in the Bill of Rights that the terrorist took from us.

    OK now name some rights that came under attack by our own government(some succeeded)
    1st Amendment- We now have free speech zones,the right to ass More..

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    • it's exactly as you said

      NO terrorist organization will take our rights away

      the people who take our rights will be our own leaders under the guise of "national security"

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  • Tice said the NSA had "access",not necessarily "used" the access. He stated only "selections" necessary to the national interest were collected. He further stated he was fired - all of the above lends me to believe that this guy (Tice) is a full-of-shit disgruntled fired employee who found the ear of Olberfool to air his non-story because he has no career. As a former prosecutor, when we used court-ordered wiretaps, we w required to stop recording when the conversa More..

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  • If any of you armchair couch pussies think that Bush did such a bad job, even during his first term, why in fuck didn't you smart mother fuckers put your name on the presidential ballot and run for president. After all you are smarter, cooler and of course know more about everything then anyone in the world.

    Know why you didn't, because you are pussies and would just rather bitch and complain then do anything. Most you losers still live with your parents or are so pathetic, LASERV, that you More..

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    • You can get help for you mental disease.
      You really need serious help, your drivel makes that very clear.

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    • Nice comeback with a liberal answer. Don't know whats really going on and called on how much that you idiots are weak and feeble minded and you say someone needs to seek medical care. Amazing, you are the meaning of Sheeple.

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    • You're delusional ans so delusional that maybe you can't get help. I don't really care because you're a regressive moron.

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    • ROFLMAO! Delusional and regressive! So funny it makes me sad to think you are breathing the same air that I do. Please, would someone shut off this liberals oxygen supply!

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  • I'd post a comment, but...

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  • You don't get much cred when you go on olberdouche.

    Remember all that fisa crap he championed?

    He went bat shit crazy?

    Nothing.

    It's over.

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    • It always seems so strange to me that Republicans aren't actually MORE pissed off about warrantless government spying on Americans than Democrats are... Seems like that's the kind of big brother, big government stuff you guys bitch about constantly.

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    • It always seems so strange to me that... You kind don't realize we are at war...

      Sleep sheep, sleep.

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  • journalists are not targeted ... let the rice grow from inside your hand and well talk about this later -_-

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  • Who cares! The whole world spies on us yet we can still kick all their asses. The government knows the same applies to them! We are armed and we out number them. I just hope the tin foil hatters will sack up if it ever came to that.

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  • Consider the source, as this CBS article points out...

    http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2006/01/11/publiceye/entry1202098.shtml

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  • To keep the country from being attacked and the citizens of the United States safe in thier homes everynight, then so be it. If you were not doing anything wrong, then you never had anything to worry about.

    I hope they have a file on Obermonster that is four of five binders thick! He is a clown and an idiot. Would be great if his file was the thickest out of everyones!! He is pathetic just as the libtards that think they are being spied on! Truly amazing. I don't have a problem with this bec More..

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    • Apparently, when Ben Franklin wrote "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety" he was writing about you.

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    • We live in a different world now, wake the fuck up!

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    • Oh, context is important, eh? Here's another quote from a few centuries ago - yeah, it's a different world now, but I'm going to guess that you disregard the historical context when you think about what this one means:

      "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

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    • NOT a different world. Ever.

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    • Yeah, I know moron. I keep forgetting in your feeble pathetic world, we were not attacked on 9/11. We never lost 3000 innocent lives on that day. The war is based on your belief that the administration somehow lied and got us into the war against terrorism. How I forget at just how pathetic demoshits and libdorks are.

      These radical anti-american heathens are not waiting for the first opening to once again try and attack us and try to kill all of us around every corner.

      You must live in a More..

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  • LMAO at the disgruntled employee! This guy was fired and now he is looking to make a name for himself! What a joke! Terminated May 2005!

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    • There are people out there that want to kill you, your family and take away your way of life along with the freedoms you enjoy! and you bring up a quote that is from a hundred yrs ago? LMAO at idiots like you. Wait, we will be under attack again, we have the people in place to allow it once again! Liberal pacifists. The Clinton/Obama regime.........Biden and Powell think it will happen yet again and so do I.

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    • LMAO at idiots who think that Ben Franklin was alive a hundred years ago... Kinda surprised you can even read, let alone type out entire sentences.

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    • Hey, there's no need to insert any facts here. He, alone, has made an anti-Bush allegation, so it HAS to be true.

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    • It could have been 2000 yrs ago, who gives a shit turd face. You idiots on here think you are all know it alls! It amazing at how most LL's seem to think they are the smartest, the greatest and know exactly what is going on but the fact of the matter is, is that you morons are clueless! You read what is reported on the horrible media outlets around the world and you believe it to be true!

      In reality you actually know very little about anything. Do you actually believe what these idiot stars More..

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    • So you would rather protect your politicians than your constitution?

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  • 8 Years of Obama and them after him someone like Bush will take over and this will go on for many years before we lose our freedoms .

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  • Who is this dude from New Zealand with a man crush on Olby?

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  • what's wrong is wrong...this guy has balls to come forward and demand that it stop...kudos to him

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  • Stasi 2.0?
    Or is it a new kind of Gestapo in America?
    Doesn't matter how you call it, the techniques are the same.

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  • It's not paranoia if they really are out to get you.

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  • Bottom line here is the man's courage to speak up when he knows; or thinks he knows its wrong, and he takes an honorable stand.

    Character is not what you do when people are looking, but what you do when they are not. The cloak of secrecy surrounding an administration had never been thicker than that of the former Bush administration. And with the known flaws of character present in all human beings, they are thus laid egregiously bare with complete anonymity.

    But its not just anonymity that m More..

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  • this shouldn't surprise ANYONE

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  • He shows how clear it is that Dumbya lied repeatedly regarding this issue. Dumbya needs a jail cell!

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  • Go back to sleep sheeple.

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