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Whistle-Blower: Bush’s NSA Spied on ‘All Americans’

Posted on Jan 22, 2009

Russell Tice helped blow the whistle on Bush’s warrantless wiretapping program back in 2005, but the revelations don’t end there. On Wednesday’s “Countdown,” the former NSA analyst said the agency had “monitored all communications” and specifically targeted journalists.



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By 1twenty1, January 27, 2009 at 6:33 pm Link to this comment
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I get my internet through AT& T/YAHOO.  In their recent poll on Bush’s presidency they claimed 44% said Bush was horrible and 43% said he did a wonderful job.  Remember the private telecom party tents at the RNC in Denver last summer?  Think there’s any spit swapping or cash baiting going on here?

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By cyrena, January 25, 2009 at 3:03 pm Link to this comment

By Folktruther, January 23 at 9:31 am

•  “..It is not Bush spying on the American people, or the government, as Big B has pointed out.  It is the American power system, which consists of elements of government, corporations and non-profit private organizations…”
And then,
•  “..And it is continuing under Obama.  Who voted for it, and against the filibuster to stop it, in direct violation of his pledge to oppose it…”

What the hell are you talking about? This is gibberish. Are you saying that elements of the government, corporations, and NGO’s have been spying on Americans, and that Obama ‘voted’ for this, and against a filibuster to stop the gov/corps/NGO’s from doing this?

You’re such a hopeless mental case Folktruther.


I HAVE investigated that “Protect America Act” and yep, it’s more like a legislative continuation of the COINTELPRO action against so many activists in the 60’s, by the FBI.

The difference here though, (and it’s terribly frightening) is that Legislation like The Patriot Act and The Protect America Act provides legal cover for the lawlessness and extra-judicial actions of would be dictatorships.

We have to find a way to undo all of this shit on the books. I don’t know how much of that can be accomplished via Executive Order, (though I see an opening to the repeal of the MCA via Obama’s latest order to suspend Kangaroo trials and close Gitmo) or what part the Congress has to do. But one way or another, all of this “Lawlessness that has become legislatively legalized” has to be reversed via the Constitutionally directed procedures.

It’s a bureaucratic nightmare, and one we’ll have to deal with. But it’s also the grunt work that nobody ever wants to do, and happens largely in the background of mainstream chatter.

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By hippy pam, January 25, 2009 at 6:07 am Link to this comment

Ruby Ridge…....Leonard Peltier…...just a couple of incidences where THEY didn’t GET IT RIGHT…..How many of us can spell….C-O-N-S-P-I-R-A-C-Y????????

I want to see “ole bullshit” on TRIAL for his CRIMES…Murder-Genocide-Perjury[lies]-Mismanagement[gutting the American Treasury and Economy}....Give me time,I’ll think of MORE….But here are a few to start with…...

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By Gerald Sutliff, January 23, 2009 at 8:36 pm Link to this comment
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During my time in the USArmy (1961-1963)Signal Corps a friend of mine who had been the Sig Corps then about 12 years told be that the NSA “listened to anyone they felt like.”  True? I don’t know.

In 1996 someone I knew got a phone call from someone who identified himself as an agent with the Secret Service or FBI. This “agent” asked about an email message wherein my friend had put the words “Barry McCaffrey (sp? and “target” in the same sentence.  I’ll admit that when I got the original email I thought it was slightly ill advised.  Nothing came of it but one has to wonder how “they” found that one sentence.

Keith Olbermann may be acting “surprised” and is certaintly outraged but he really shouldn’t be surprised.

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By godistwaddle, January 23, 2009 at 11:31 am Link to this comment

Bush is no dope.  He is profoundly ignorant, but that’s not stupid—that’s choice.  He understood totally what he was doing, and he should stand in the dock for it.

As Bugliosi has pointed out, Bush could certainly receive the penalty he so joyously gave out in Texas.

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By Folktruther, January 23, 2009 at 10:31 am Link to this comment

It is not Bush spying on the American people, or the government, as Big B has pointed out.  It is the American power system, which consists of elements of government, corporations and non-profit private organizations.

And it is continuing under Obama.  Who voted for it, and against the filibuster to stop it, in direct violation of his pledge to oppose it.  In order to continue Bush’s policies of Zionist imperialist neoliberalism, and continue and increase the enourmous class inequality that has been developed in the last three decades.  The US power system must mutate itself into a police state to continue Bushite policies.

That is the crux of the Bushite connter revolution, initiated with the shock of the 9/11-antrax homicide, and continued by Obama.  It does not matter who is elected president if the power system controls the nominations, because they will all continue to support the interests of power against the interests of the population. 

Bush started out with the rhetoric of Compassionate Conservatism and Obama with Hope n Change.  It has already mutated to the Era of Responsiblity, especially those lazy loafers receiving social security. 

We have to be Responsible and make Hard Choices, it is the Patriotic and God-inspired thing to do.  And Obama is the man to lead the American people to these Hard Choices, avoiding the Partisan Bickering that is so Childish. Obama is on a trajectory to become WORSE than Bush, the Bushite policies being pursued in a culture of corruption and oppression.

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By felicity, January 23, 2009 at 9:17 am Link to this comment

Ever heard of the Protect America Act which allowed the government to conduct wholesale surveillance inside the country and unrelated to terrorism?  This little gem amounted to electronic dragnets rather than individual target taps. 

The objection, as far as I know never got beyond being voiced, was the Act would not provide adequate safeguards for information collected about American citizens.  Who knew.

As purplewolf said, no news here.

reason (Jan 24, 7:24am)  You got Bush right. Those who know him have said that he has an insatiable appetite for extra-legal power and his willingness to abuse the justice system is boundless. (If he’s a dupe, I’m a rutabaga.)

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By Jim Yell, January 23, 2009 at 8:45 am Link to this comment
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Mr. Tice should be compensated for any loss of income he suffered from doing what many others should have done in the true protection of America.

He also should be given a Freedom medal although the loose way Bush passed them out I don’t think they have much meaning any more.

History shows that any lawless spying, spying without oversight, will be used in a toxic manner. Any group with control of such an apparatus will use it for all opportunities to undercut political opponents, manipulate their hold on power and so on. No Bush/Cheney are not entitled to any pass on the crimes and wounds they have opened in their quest for control of the American people and grip on power.

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By reason, January 23, 2009 at 8:24 am Link to this comment

In the last weeks of the Bush Presidency I have heard people say that Bush was a dupe for others and they feel sorry for him. I can be as forgiving as anyone under most circumstances but to entertain the idea that Bush didn’t know what was being done or that he didn’t sanction each and every act of his administration is beyond even my naiveté.
I don’t know how much good can come from rehashing all Bush’s transgressions but I cannot forgive him since he obviously has no regrets for doing what he has done. If we do not hold him accountable for his actions we will set precedence for any elected official to act as a dictator and effectively approve what has been done by Bush and anyone who follows him. The protections of the Constitution will be VOID and we well only have ourselves to blame. Blame doesn’t accomplish much but an investigation is necessary to arrive at what was illegal for the sake of not letting anyone repeat the travesties of the past eight plus years. In the past, the American people could make a case for their ignorance in what was done by the Bush Administration but they cannot do so now. If we love our country it is up to us collectively to demand an accounting of practices of the Bush Administration and other politicians who could and should have fought the implementation of directives that broke the law and scuttled the ideals of our Constitution.

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By eileen fleming, January 23, 2009 at 7:42 am Link to this comment

Dear Verne

THANKS for understanding what I have been on a tear about for 3 years!

We are living Orwell’s nightmare and Vanunu is 21st century Winston Smith:

In Orwell’s epic, Winston Smith played the role of the archetype of all threats to Big Brother; an individual with an open and free mind, independent thought, memory of history, a voice of dissent and willing to take bold action. Orwell’s Big Brother tortured all threats in order to get inside their head and then to brainwash them into accepting doublethink as truth.

The atomic bomb which was dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki was a baby step compared to the 21st century slaughter that can be achieved by thermonuclear weapons with capacities to wipe out 100% of a country within minutes. The Industrial Military Complex cranks out new weapons about every five years and soon the minds driven mad with doublethink-“war is peace”- will create 100 or 1,000 megaton bombs.

“Orwell demonstrates the illusion of the assumption that democracy can continue to exist in a world preparing for nuclear war…leaders…have only one aim, and that is power…and power means to inflict unlimited pain and suffering to another human being……how can a minority of one be right?...we spend a considerable part of our income and energy in building thermonuclear weapons, and close our minds to the fact that they might go off and destroy one third or one half of our population and that of the enemy…another example of doublethink-from a Christian standpoint” is the evil of killing any other. [Ibid]

Vanunu threatens Israel in 2008, far more than he did in 2004.

Vanunu has not only continued to speak out for a nuclear free Middle East, he has also become a spokesperson regarding the Christian Exodus from east Jerusalem, where he has lived these last four + years:

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By Big B, January 23, 2009 at 6:50 am Link to this comment

Ever since the first camera was installed in the corner convenience store, Big Brother has been watching us. We are under the false impression that it is only the gov that is spying on us, when it is in reality, corporate america that is doing most of the spying. Almost everything you do in a public building or setting is now being watched or recorded.

So don’t pick your nose in public, and for gods sake don’t scratch your ass! These are the last things you will want brought to light in you public trial for heresy!

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By Verne Arnold, January 23, 2009 at 1:34 am Link to this comment

Nuts, the link failed…

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By Verne Arnold, January 23, 2009 at 1:32 am Link to this comment

By eileen fleming, January 22 at 8:40 pm

If that right (freedom of speech) is lost in America, then nowhere will be safe. I’ve recently run smack into this in the country in which I’m now living. My wife insisted I change one word in the preface to my book. Because an Australian author has just been sentenced to 3 years in prison, and journalism in general is under attack here, I changed the word.

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By blog dog, January 23, 2009 at 12:12 am Link to this comment
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Q: since the FISA Court virtually never denies a warrant (e.g. 1 in 10,000) why not simply get the warrants?

Come on, next time around, just ask the question, Keith. Maybe you already know the answer. In fact you said it, didn’t you? “Brilliant in it’s simplicity.”

Q: But what’s so brilliant about “illegally” sidestepping the FISA court?

A: Honest agent ‘A’ (dedicated to defending the Constitution) gets a warrant to wiretap, a suspected terrorist, then learns through the wire that the suspected terrorist is actually being run and set up as a patsy by rogue agent ‘B’, who’s playing him to take the fall when bomb expert ‘C’ executes the black op. (e.g. WTC ‘93 terrorist “sting” gone “live.”)

You don’t want that turning up on the desk of a FISA judge. In fact if your job is to keep that patsy in play until the op. comes off, you don’t want any reports on him going anywhere. (e.g. all those FBI reports on the 9/11 patsies that got stalled or went missing;  the Able Danger agents who were told point blank not to touch Atta.)

There have been more black-ops in the last 20 years (remember Clinton did this too), than during the entire Cold War Era, including Gladio.

So you expect Obama to shut down the Global War of Terror? Recall what happened to the last President that tried to shut down the black-hand spooks in the intelligence industry. That’s like tossing the tables of the money changers in the temple.

Have we heard enough yet of this Messiah in the White House, who also entered Berlin, ushered like Jesus into Jerusalem -  Der Schwarze Kennedy…is his destiny to fulfill this prophecy - and what then? Arch Zionist Biden and henchman Emanuel.

Q: Who scripted this? A: Brzezinski!

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By eileen fleming, January 22, 2009 at 9:40 pm Link to this comment

Article 19 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirms:

“Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.”

Poster-boy for Israel’s Industrial Security/Surveillance Complex is the Christian convert from Judaism and Whistle Blower of their WMD Program, Mordechai Vanunu.

Every email Vanunu has ever written, snail mail received, phone call conversation and walk he has ever taken through east Jerusalem, has potentially been monitored 24/7, since his release from an Israeli prison in 2004. 

On February 22, 2006 in a Jerusalem court it was revealed that Israel had led Microsoft to hand over all the details of Mordecahi Vanunu’s Hotmail account by alluding Vanunu was being investigated for espionage and before a court order had been obtained.

Vanunu wrote: “Microsoft obeyed the orders and gave them all the details…three months before I was arrested and my computers were confiscated…it is strange to ask Microsoft to give this information before obtaining the court order to listen to my private conversations. It means they wanted to go through my emails in secret, or maybe, with the help of the secret services, the Shaback, Mossad.”

Attorney Michael Sfard repeatedly requested Police Representative Mr. Peterburg, to specifically state what type of espionage activity Vanunu was accused of.  According to Vanunu, “The policeman did not have any answers and said that he brought all the evidence to the court. When Sfard asked him again about any material related to the ‘espionage’ charge, Peterburg had no answers.

“Sfard proved that the police had misled the judges who gave the orders to arrest me: to search my room, to go through my email, to confiscate my computers and that they misled Microsoft to believe they are helping in a case of espionage. The State came to the court with two special secret Government orders; Hisaion [documents or information that are deemed confidential by the government and kept from the court, the defendant, and lawyers.] This allows the prosecution to keep documents related to my court hearing secret. One was from the Minister for Interior Security and one from the Minister of Defense.”

Vanunu’s secretly taped police interrogations, his 2004 Christmas Eve arrest for “attempting to leave the country” while traveling the four miles from Jerusalem to Bethlehem, the confiscation of his private property by thirty IDF that stormed into his room at St. George’s Cathedral, according to Vanunu, have all “been done…under the false and misleading statements to the courts of ‘suspicion of espionage’, and yet they are not charging me with spy crimes… and the fact is that I have not committed any crimes.”


What this citizen journalist finds most disturbing re: government spying and corporate collusion is that the Old Fourth Estate in the USA has ignored the above information and Vanunu’s FREEDOM of SPEECH Trial in the ‘democracy’ of Israel.

Eileen Fleming, Author, Founder WAWA:
Producer “30 Minutes With Vanunu” and “13 Minutes with Vanunu”

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By purplewolf, January 22, 2009 at 9:38 pm Link to this comment

Nothing new here. I knew years ago that Bush and his henchmen were listening to all of our forms of communications. They(the gov.) have been doing this since the late 60’s that I know of, but not to the extent of today’s technologies. They must be really bored or desperate to bother listening/reading in on my daily struggle to survive. That is the main reason my friends and family, as well as myself, go on the most outrageous topics, sound effects, music and the dogs barking, etc… just to provide totally incoherent entertainment for the people hired by this government to listen to our diatribes. And if they don’t “get it” we had fun in the process. That they obviously don’t know that they have been exposed and are the butt of the phone conversations makes it worth the waste of time in doing it.

Funny, a few months back, it was exposed that the majority of these “hired listener’s did not understand what they heard/read and often the conversations that were translated and turned in as “suspicious” were so far off from the original spoken words, their translations made no sense. They really know what they are doing—-not! Another of Bush’s waste of taxpayer monies.

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