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[liberationtech] Bush-Era Whistleblower Claims NSA Ordered Wiretap Of Barack Obama In 2004

Moritz Bartl moritz at
Fri Jun 21 07:29:50 PDT 2013

Russ Tice, Bush-Era Whistleblower, Claims NSA Ordered Wiretap Of Barack
Obama In 2004
The Huffington Post  |  By Nick Wing	
Posted: 06/20/2013 2:11 pm EDT  |  Updated: 06/20/2013 7:04 pm EDT

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

"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."

Host Sibel Edmonds and Tice both raised concerns that such alleged
monitoring of subjects, unbeknownst to them, could provide the
intelligence agencies with huge power to blackmail their targets.

"I was worried that the intelligence community now has sway over what is
going on," Tice said.

After going public with his allegations in 2005, Tice later admitted
that he had been a key source in a bombshell New York Times report that
blew the lid off the Bush administration's use of warrantless
wiretapping of international communications in the U.S. The article
forced Bush to admit that the practice was indeed used on a small number
of Americans, but Tice maintained that the NSA practice was likely being
used the gather records for millions of Americans. The NSA denied Tice's

In the wake of recent reports detailing the extent of the NSA's data
surveillance programs, Tice has again come out as a skeptic of the
administration's response. While defenders of the program have insisted
that there is nothing to suggest the government has the authority -- or
desire -- to listen in on people's phone calls without a warrant, Tice
told The Guardian that he believes the NSA has developed the capability
"to collect all digital communications word for word."

Moritz Bartl

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