4.16.2009

NSA Tried To Wiretap Member Of Congress Without A Warrant

And, Congress wonders why were/are all up in arms about the illegal wiretapping, Bush (and Now Obama's) protection of those who did it, telecom immunity and other such "paranoid nonsense." Perhaps Congress will take this issue a little more seriously now. Yo, teabaggers! this is something you SHOULD be worried/angry about.

From TPM:

Check out this passage buried at the end of a pretty shocking New York Times report on out-of-control wiretapping by the National Security Agency:

And in one previously undisclosed episode, the N.S.A. tried to wiretap a member of Congress without a warrant, an intelligence official with direct knowledge of the matter said.

The agency believed that the congressman, whose identity could not be determined, was in contact -- as part of a Congressional delegation to the Middle East in 2005 or 2006 -- with an extremist who had possible terrorist ties and was already under surveillance, the official said. The agency then sought to eavesdrop on the congressman's conversations, the official said.

The official said the plan was ultimately blocked because of concerns from some intelligence officials about using the N.S.A., without court oversight, to spy on a member of Congress.

Of, and my money's on U.S. Congressman Keith Ellison.

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