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NSA spies on top civilian-military officials, incl. Obama, for blackmail?

Eye of Sauron

Russell D. Tice is a former U.S. intelligence analyst who was the first NSA whistleblower 8 years ago, BEFORE the more famous Edward Snowden.

Wikipedia says Tice worked as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. Air Force, Office of Naval Intelligence, and Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). During his nearly 20-year career with various United States government agencies, he conducted intelligence missions related to the Kosovo War, Afghanistan, the USS Cole bombing in Yemen, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Tice was transferred from the Defense Intelligence Agency to the National Security Agency in 2002.

Tice was dismissed by the NSA in May 2005, just days after publicly urging Congress to pass stronger protections for federal intelligence agency whistleblowers facing retaliation, and claiming that whistleblowers were being punished.

In December 2005, Tice alleged that both (NSA) and the DIA were engaged in unlawful and unconstitutional conduct against the American people, sparking a national controversy. Tice stated that the activities involved the Director of the NSA, the Deputies Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, and the U.S. Secretary of Defense, and were conducted via very highly sensitive intelligence programs and operations known as special access programs (SAP), more commonly referred to as “black world” programs, or “black ops”. On December 23, 2005, the Austin American-Statesman reported Tice’s allegations that spying on Americans may involve a massive computer system known as ECHELON, which is able to search and filter hundreds of thousands of phone calls and e-mails in seconds.

In reaction to Tice’s claims, Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly, two prominent figures in conservative media, launched an offensive against his credibility. On his Fox News broadcast of January 11, 2006, O’Reilly said that Tice should be jailed for his whistleblowing activity.

Russell TiceNow that Edward Snowden had come forth with tangible paper evidence of the NSA’s massive surveillance, Tice is speaking out again, hoping that this time the media finally will listen to him.

In the interview below, Tice says that the NSA’s surveillance of American citizens was way more than what we know today, and way past what the law allows.

Speaking from his inside knowledge as an intelligence analyst in the NSA during the George W. Bush administration, Tice says that initially, the NSA targeted news organizations and U.S. companies that did international business.

Then the NSA’s phone and email surveillance (via wiretapping even unlisted home phones) went after the State Department, including then-Secretary of State Colin Powell; high-ranking (3 stars and above) military generals and admirals, including Gen. David Patreus; Supreme Court justices, including Justice Sam Alito; and then-Illinois state senator Barack Obama (beginning at the 3:27 mark in the video.

More disturbing still, Tice doesn’t know who in the NSA was/is administering the surveillance of the U.S. government’s top civilian and military officials. He says the surveillance was done “in the evenings” “on the sly” at the NSA because most NSA officials did not know what was going on.

Then Tice, who’s a Republican says (at the 5:18 mark) that a “high level, very senior person at the NSA” told him that “this was being directed from the Vice President’s office,” i.e., Vice President Dick Cheney.

The interviewer then asks Tice “why?” — What was the purpose of the surveillance? Was it blackmail?

Tice replies that although he doesn’t know for sure, it seems to him that blackmail would be the reason, as “a means of control.” Spying and listening in on people’s phone and email communications for years on end is bound to uncover “salacious information” that can be used for blackmail to control that person. He then points out that, despite sequester budget cutbacks, the intelligence budget isn’t hit, and asks “How is that possible? Is there some kind of leverage that’s being placed on our three branches of government to make sure that the intelligence community gets what they want? In other words, is the intelligence community running this country, and not our government?

When asked specifically whether he thinks there’s a “shadow government,” Tice is reticent, saying he doesn’t really know, but his guess is that it’s the “upper echelons of the intelligence community” who are “running the show.”

Tice emphasizes that the NSA’s massive and secret surveillance of the government itself goes beyond politicians spying on opponent politicians:

“This is on an Orwellian scale. This is the everything scale. This isn’t just Richard Nixon going after the enemies list. This is everybody and everything. And now the NSA is literally tapping EVERY communication, every digital communication in this country. Content. Not just the meta data. Content. When they’re saying ‘It’s not that far,’ once again, they are lying. They continue to lie about their full capability. […] President Bush was lying to the American people. Now President Obama is lying to the American people. Is it because he’s being controlled? I don’t know. But I certainly know when he was candidate Obama, even though I was a Republican I heard that he wanted to stop these things.”

Tice is puzzled why when, years ago, he told the media that the NSA was going after journalists and news organization, the media was disinterested. He wonders if there was/is “some interest that’s making sure the media wasn’t covering this.” Now that Edward Snowden has come forth, with tangible evidence on paper — “tangible proof” of what Tice had said in the past — the media are listening.

Tice concludes by saying that we have a police state in America, but “they’re hiding the fact that it’s a police state. The fact that they can literally go into all our communications, all our digital communications, the fact that it’s been recently disclosed, the Post Office is now doing a cover on every tangible letter that goes into the post office. They’re taking a picture of everything. They’re looking at the return address, and they’re looking at the main address of who’s mailing something, and that is also being digitally stored. So every means of communication in this country, everything, is being watched by the federal government. And that is Orwellian, and that is the trademark of a police state.”

~Eowyn

Another “note” on Conspiracies

“Why do the nations…”

      –from Handel’s Messiah

Psalm 2 (NIV)
Why do the nations conspire 
  and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth rise up
  and the rulers band together
  against the Lord and against 
  his anointed, saying,
 “Let us break their chains
    and throw off their shackles.”

The One enthroned in heaven laughs;
  the Lord scoffs at them.
  He rebukes them in his anger
    and terrifies them in his wrath, saying,
“I have installed my king
  on Zion, my holy mountain.”

I will proclaim the Lord’s decree:
  He said to me, “You are my son;
    today I have become your father.
  Ask me,
    and I will make the nations your inheritance,
    the ends of the earth your possession.
  You will break them with a rod of iron;
    you will dash them to pieces like pottery.”

  Therefore, you kings, be wise;
    be warned, you rulers of the earth.
    Serve the Lord with fear
      and celebrate his rule with trembling.
  Kiss his son, or he will be angry
    and your way will lead to your destruction,
  for his wrath can flare up in a moment.
    Blessed are all who take refuge in him.

Still enjoying the theme? Here’s more from Handel’s Messiah.

“The Trumpet Shall Sound…”

1 Corinthians 15:52-53
For the trumpet will sound, 
  the dead will be raised imperishable, 
  and we will be changed. 
For the perishable must clothe itself 
  with the imperishable, 
    and the mortal with immortality.

Take heart dear readers,
the Lord Almighty is on His throne.
Pleasant dreams tonight. ~ TD