Whistleblower: NSA Eavesdropped on American Journalists

I don’t have time to blog about this now, but I do want to post the video from Keith Olbermann’s interview tonight with Russell Tice, one of the NSA whistleblowers. In the interview, Tice says that 1) even communications Americans who had no foreign contacts were collected; that 2) organizations and groups such as the press had their communications collected to demonstrate that they weren’t terrorists, and that 3) the NSA and DoD mislead Congress by alternately describing programs as being ‘intelligence’ or ‘defense’ and refusing to discuss them.

This is precisely why warrants are so important. They prevent the kinds of collections in (1) and (2) because there is no probable cause.

This is yet another demonstration of why the Obama administration needs to support the immediate investigation and possible prosecution of crimes committed by the Bush administration.

Update: The transcript can be found here.

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