NSA Whistleblower: More Illegal Surveillance Programs

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.

  1. Maybe he’s talking about reports that the Bush Administration is spying on the American press?

    A senior federal law enforcement official tells ABC News the government is tracking the phone numbers we call in an effort to root out confidential sources.

    “It’s time for you to get some new cell phones, quick,” the source told us in an in-person conversation.

    ABC News does not know how the government determined who we are calling, or whether our phone records were provided to the government as part of the recently-disclosed NSA collection of domestic phone calls.

  2. I just read that. That’s a whole completely different program entirely and has nothing to do with the NSA.

  3. My guess is that the secure facility is somewhere in eastern Europe. We may not be hearing from Tice again anytime soon!

  4. That’s a whole completely different program entirely and has nothing to do with the NSA.

    Oh, okay. Sometimes I get all the Bush Administration spying programs confused.

  5. I’ve started a wiki to help keep track of everything; but I don’t have the time to fill in all the content myself. Help!

  6. Nothing is going to happen anyway, so why should they waste bullets on Tice? Besides there’s probably plenty even he doesn’t know about. And nothing is going to happen about that, either.