Friday, January 13, 2006

Bush Authorized Domestic Spying Before 9/11

Truthout is reporting that 'The National Security Agency advised President Bush in early 2001 that it had been eavesdropping on Americans during the course of its work monitoring suspected terrorists and foreigners believed to have ties to terrorist groups, according to a declassified document.' (pdf)

'The NSA's vast data-mining activities began shortly after Bush was sworn in as president and the document contradicts his assertion that the 9/11 attacks prompted him to take the unprecedented step of signing a secret executive order authorizing the NSA to monitor a select number of American citizens thought to have ties to terrorist groups.'

'What had long been understood to be protocol in the event that the NSA spied on average Americans was that the agency would black out the identities of those individuals or immediately destroy the information.'

'But according to people who worked at the NSA as encryption specialists during this time, that's not what happened. On orders from Defense Department officials and President Bush, the agency kept a running list of the names of Americans in its system and made it readily available to a number of senior officials in the Bush administration, these sources said, which in essence meant the NSA was conducting a covert domestic surveillance operation in violation of the law.'

Read the full article here

8 Comments:

Anonymous cb said...

This administration's term has been like an onion. the more layers you peel back, the more it smells. History will eventually reveal the truth of this administration, I am sure of it.

January 14, 2006 5:33 pm  
Blogger DJEB said...

The thing that not many are talking about is Project Echelon. It has been monitoring electronic communications since (at least) the 90's.

January 15, 2006 2:51 am  
Blogger Pawpaw said...

So did Clinton. And Bush1 and Reagan, and Ford, and.... it's been going on for years.

January 15, 2006 5:42 pm  
Blogger Jeannie said...

Yes, and those who leaked out this information should be put on trial and imprisoned! How dare they help the terrorist by aiding them with more information.

The first thing, I would do to clean up the leaks is to fire all the heads of the Defense Department, then start firing those in the CIA. When the leaks stop, you know you've fired the right man (or woman). The leakers are not helping the US at all and it is obvious it is a Liberal who wants the Democrats back in power @ the White House. Power is all that is important to them -- at any cost. Even if it means putting the US in even more danger.

Yes, we must continue to spy on calls from the US to known Terrorists. Daaaaaaaahhhhhh.

January 15, 2006 6:47 pm  
Blogger _H_ said...

Paw Paw

I don't doubt other American Presidents also did this , but certainly not on the same sort of scale , personally i couldn't care less who runs your country left or right , as long as this evil Neocon agenda is stopped

Jeannie ,

Hello again , i am so pleased you found the time to leave so many comments , It is for people like you that i designed my site and i am delighted your taking advantage of that .

Would these be the evil twisted terrorists your glad to be spying on , hey its your tax money pissing down the drain ... go for it
,

January 15, 2006 10:59 pm  
Blogger DJEB said...

"those who leaked out this information should be put on trial and imprisoned!

An anti-democratic thought if I ever heard one. Yes, it's vital that the government be allowed to carry out its illegal and immoral actions without being held accountable.

"The first thing, I would do...

Yes, you are the though one, aren't you. The one who advocates incinerating millions of Iranian men, women and children.

January 16, 2006 1:27 am  
Blogger Hype said...

figures..

Do you think this matter enough to tick off the rest of the real Conservatives?

-Hype

January 16, 2006 6:20 pm  
Blogger _H_ said...

As per usual Hype I am sure they will just attack it and move on

We can only begin to put this right once we get the PNAC idiots out of office

January 17, 2006 3:09 am  

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