NSA Whistleblower Asks to Testify
A former National Security Agency official wants to tell Congress about electronic intelligence programs that he asserts were carried out illegally by the NSA and the Defense Intelligence Agency.Hmmm, so let's compare. An honest and principled whistleblower comes out and identifies himself because he loves his country and believes he is doing right by it. Now, compare that to whichever cowardly hack in the Administration leaked Plame's name and is still hiding. Who's operating in the best interests of the US? See how transparency and morality tend to go together?
Russ Tice, a whistleblower who was dismissed from the NSA last year, stated in letters to the House and Senate intelligence committees that he is prepared to testify about highly classified Special Access Programs, or SAPs, that were improperly carried out by both the NSA and the DIA.
"I intend to report to Congress probable unlawful and unconstitutional acts conducted while I was an intelligence officer with the National Security Agency and with the Defense Intelligence Agency," Mr. Tice stated in the Dec. 16 letters, copies of which were obtained by The Washington Times.
The letters were sent the same day that the New York Times revealed that the NSA was engaged in a clandestine eavesdropping program that bypassed the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court. The FISA court issues orders for targeted electronic and other surveillance by the government.
But that's really beside the point. The issue here is that Bush broke the law. That isn't a controversial statement because he admitted to breaking the law and has said he will do so again. When will our national legislators have the spine to stand up and state unequivocally this obvious truth? If corroboration is necessary, we now have that too. Come on, Democrats, you have all the pieces you could possibly need here. These are far more serious crimes than anything Bill Clinton was ever suspected of having done...and there is far more evidence for them. Do your job.
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