Former NSA analyst turned whistleblower Russell Tice has been trying to get a Congressional hearing for almost a year now, to expose yet more NSA programs we don’t know about yet. And after battling the NSA bureaucracy for months, he’s finally going to get his hearing.
“I am set to testify in closed session to the Senate Armed Services Committee about the SAP programs I was involved with at NSA and DoD on Wednesday,” Tice wrote in an e-mail to Cybercast News Service reporter Sherrie Gossett. Tice will meet Senate staffers in the Russell Senate Office Building Wednesday afternoon, from where he will be escorted to a secure facility where he can speak about the programs. “I apparently will not know where this location is until I am escorted to it on Wednesday,” he wrote.
Tice hasn’t said publicly exactly what the illegal programs are. But he has said that they are different than the terrorist surveillance program revealed in December, and different than the NSA’s telephone call detail record collection revealed last week.
“It’s an angle you haven’t heard about yet,” he said.
And he has said that Lt. Gen. Michael Hayden, then director of NSA, and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld had full knowledge of the possibly illegal programs and approved them after being warned that they may be illegal.
That’s right, there’s yet more illegal surveillance in the pipeline. As soon as I have more information, I’ll be posting it. Maybe someday soon I can follow the NY Times and USA Today by breaking the story… oh, a blogger can dream.