In his guest column on the history of government surveillance of our communications, Stephen K. Gielda wrote:
History is rife with the US government abusing intelligence. Intelligence data has been used repeatedly as a political weapon.
As if on cue, on Wednesday, Jason Howerton reported:
Russ Tice, a former intelligence analyst and Bush-era NSA whistleblower, claimed Wednesday that the intelligence community has ordered surveillance on a wide range of groups and individuals, including high-ranking military officials, lawmakers and diplomats.
He also made another stunning allegation. He says the NSA had ordered wiretaps on phones connected to then-Senate candidate Barack Obama back in 2004.
“They went after–and I know this because I had my hands literally on the paperwork for these sort of things–they went after high-ranking military officers; they went after members of Congress, both Senate and the House, especially on the intelligence committees and on the armed services committees and some of the–and judicial,” Tice told Peter B. Collins on Boiling Frog Post News.
Tice says the NSA has turned themselves into a rogue agency that has “J. Edgar Hoover capabilities and a monstrous scale on steroids.”
UPDATE: There’s a follow-up interview with Rice Tice on The Corbett Report.