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Oh, that wiretapping!

Posted by Charles II on June 20, 2013

Maybe now Obama will concede that the powers of the NSA are just a little bit overboard. Nick Wing, HuffPo:

Russ Tice, a former intelligence analyst who in 2005 blew the whistle on what he alleged was massive unconstitutional domestic spying across multiple agencies, claimed Wednesday that the NSA had ordered wiretaps on phones connected to then-Senate candidate Barack Obama in 2004.

Speaking on “The Boiling Frogs Show,” Tice claimed the intelligence community had ordered surveillance on a wide range of groups and individuals, including high-ranking military officials, lawmakers and diplomats.

“Here’s the big one … this was in summer of 2004, one of the papers that I held in my hand was to wiretap a bunch of numbers associated with a 40-something-year-old wannabe senator for Illinois,” he said. “You wouldn’t happen to know where that guy lives right now would you? It’s a big white house in Washington, D.C. That’s who they went after, and that’s the president of the United States now.”

Tice maintained that the NSA practice [warrantless wiretapping of international communications in the U.S in 2005] was likely being used the gather records for millions of Americans.

Tice told The Guardian that he believes the NSA has developed the capability “to collect all digital communications word for word.”

Capability is not actuality, but cheez.

It would have been even better if Mr. Tice had mentioned this, say, before the re-authorization of the Patriot Act.

Added. So the FISA court guidelines have come out. Glenn Greenwald and James Ball:

… Fisa court-approved policies allow the NSA to:

• Keep data that could potentially contain details of US persons for up to five years;

• Retain and make use of “inadvertently acquired” domestic communications if they contain usable intelligence, information on criminal activity, threat of harm to people or property, are encrypted, or are believed to contain any information relevant to cybersecurity;

• Preserve “foreign intelligence information” contained within attorney-client communications;

• Access the content of communications gathered from “U.S. based machine[s]” or phone numbers in order to establish if targets are located in the US, for the purposes of ceasing further surveillance.

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