NSA Is Spying on — and Blackmailing — Top Government Officials and Generals


by George Washington
Washington’s
Blog



Whistleblower
Says Spy Agency Targeting Top American Leaders

NSA whistleblower
Russel Tice — a key
source
in the 2005 New York Times report
that blew the lid off the Bush administration’s use of warrantless
wiretapping — told
Peter B. Collins on Boiling Frogs Post (the website of FBI whistleblower
Sibel Edmonds):

Tice: Okay.
They went after—and I know this because I had my
hands literally on the paperwork for these sort of things—they
went after high-ranking military officers; they went after members
of Congress, both Senate and the House, especially on the intelligence
committees and on the armed services committees and some of the—and
judicial
. But they went after other ones, too. They went
after lawyers and law firms. All kinds of—heaps of lawyers
and law firms. They went after judges. One of the judges
is now sitting on the Supreme Court
that I had his wiretap
information in my hand. Two are former FISA court judges.
They went after State Department officials. They
went after people in the executive service that were part
of the White House
—their own people. They went
after antiwar groups. They went after U.S. international—U.S.
companies that that do international business, you know, business
around the world. They went after U.S. banking firms and financial
firms that do international business. They went after NGOs that—like
the Red Cross, people like that that go overseas and do humanitarian
work. They went after a few antiwar civil rights groups. So, you
know, don’t tell me that there’s no abuse, because I’ve had this
stuff in my hand and looked at it. And in some cases, I literally
was involved in the technology that was going after this stuff.
And you know, when I said to [former MSNBC show host Keith] Olbermann,
I said, my particular thing is high tech and you know, what’s
going on is the other thing, which is the dragnet. The dragnet
is what Mark Klein is talking about, the terrestrial dragnet.
Well my specialty is outer space. I deal with satellites, and
everything that goes in and out of space. I did my spying via
space. So that’s how I found out about this.

Collins:
Now Russ, the targeting of the people that you just mentioned,
top military leaders, members of Congress, intelligence community
leaders and the—oh, I’m sorry, it was intelligence committees,
let me correct that—not intelligence community, and then
executive branch appointees. This creates the basis, and the potential
for massive blackmail.

Tice: Absolutely!
And remember we talked about that before, that I was worried that
the intelligence community now has sway over what is going on.
Now here’s the big one. I haven’t given you any names. This was
is summer of 2004. One of the papers that I held in my hand was
to wiretap a bunch of numbers associated with, with a 40-something-year-old
wannabe senator from Illinois. You wouldn’t happen to know where
that guy lives right now, would you? It’s a big white house in
Washington, DC. That’s who they went after. And that’s the president
of the United States
now.


Other whistleblowers
say the same thing. When the former head of the NSA’s digital spying
program — William Binney — disclosed the fact that the U.S. was
spying
on everyone in the U.S. and storing the data forever
, and that
the U.S. was quickly becoming a
totalitarian state
, the Feds tried to scare
him
into shutting up:

[Numerous]
FBI officers held a gun to Binney’s head as he stepped naked from
the shower. He watched with his wife and youngest son as the FBI
ransacked their home. Later Binney was separated from the rest
of his family, and FBI officials pressured him to implicate one
of the other complainants in criminal activity. During the raid,
Binney attempted to report to FBI officials the crimes he had
witnessed at NSA, in particular the NSA’s violation of the constitutional
rights of all Americans. However, the FBI wasn’t interested in
these disclosures. Instead, FBI officials seized Binney’s private
computer, which to this day has not been returned despite the
fact that he has not been charged with a crime.

Other NSA whistleblowers
have also been subjected to armed
raids and criminal prosecution
.

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June
22, 2013

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This article originally appeared on: Lew Rockwell