Thursday, December 29, 2005


Wayne Madsen reports:

NSA spied on its own employees, other U.S. intelligence personnel, and their journalist and congressional contacts. WMR has learned that the National Security Agency (NSA), on the orders of the Bush administration, eavesdropped on the private conversations and e-mail of its own employees, employees of other U.S. intelligence agencies -- including the CIA and DIA -- and their contacts in the media, Congress, and oversight agencies and offices.

I don't quite know what to think of this. Madsen sometimes has gold, sometimes he seems like a Roswell conspiracy theorist. So, grain of salt.

That said, the problem with warrantless spying is that we have no way of knowing that this isn't true. That Congress and journalists weren't bugged in order for some shadowy governmental cabal to know what was coming next.

Judicial oversight protects everyone. Going around it protects no one.

As if it needs mentioning:

According to NSA sources, this surveillance was a violation of United States Signals Intelligence Directive (USSID) 18 and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978.

When the fact that the President broke the law stops being outrageous, American democracy is no more.