Thursday, February 09, 2006

Details of NSA Surveillance Coming Soon to a Newspaper Near You

The White House has released highly classified details of the NSA program to intercept communications between terrorists and people within the US.

From the Associated Press via
After weeks of insisting it would not reveal details of its eavesdropping without warrants, the White House reversed course Wednesday and provided a House committee with highly classified information about the operation.

When asked what prompted the move to give lawmakers more details, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said the administration has stated "from the beginning that we will work with members of Congress, and we will continue to do so regarding this vital national security program."
But the AP says that pressure from RINOs was the reason:
It also came after Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., chairwoman of a House intelligence subcommittee that oversees the NSA, broke with the Bush administration and called for a full review of the NSA's program, along with legislative action to update the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
Given the track record of Congress for keeping secrets, today's release of information virtually guarantees that we, and our enemies, will be reading all about the NSA program very soon in the New York Times or Washington Post.

If a Federal employee reveals "confidential" (the lowest security classification) material, he or she faces time in Leavenworth Federal prison. When Senator Leahy disclosed a series of top secret documents in the mid 80s, he was punished by being taken off the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Also posted at The Jawa Report and Vince Aut Morire.