an interview with Russell Tice, former intelligence analyst and original NSA whistleblower, about how the recent NSA scandal is only scratches the surface of a massive surveillance apparatus, citing specific targets the he saw spying orders for including former senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
Breaking the Set presenter Abby Martin talks to Susan Lindauer, former CIA asset, and author of ‘Extreme Prejudice’, about her experience being scapegoated under the Patriot Act for blowing the whistle about 9/11 foreknowledge and Iraq.
Susan Lindauer Chief CIA asset covering Iraq and Libia in the UN from 1995 to 2003, gave advance warning of the 911 attack. Lindauer tried to testify through the ‘proper channels’ which lead to her arrest under the patriot act. She was deprived of the right to a trial, hit with secret charges, secret evidence, secret grand jury testimony. She was not allowed to know who has accused her of what crime, the government had no obligation to provide any evidence that a crime ever occurred. Lindauer was held in prison for a year, held under indictment for 5 years with no trial, and said she was forced to court with no attorney.
6/29 June 2013
The top-secret PRISM program allows the U.S. intelligence community to gain access from nine Internet companies to a wide range of digital information, including e-mails and stored data, on foreign targets operating outside the United States. The program is court-approved but does not require individual warrants. Instead, it operates under a broader authorization from federal judges who oversee the use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Some documents describing the program were first released by The Washington Post on June 6. The newly released documents below give additional details about how the program operates, including the levels of review and supervisory control at the NSA and FBI. The documents also show how the program interacts with the Internet companies. These slides, annotated by The Post, represent a selection from the overall document, and certain portions are redacted.
27 Jun 2013
Justice Department and NSA memos proposing broader powers for NSA to collect data
Memo to attorney general Michael Mukasey in 2007 requesting permission for the NSA to expand its ‘contact chains’ deeper into Americans’ email records
20 Jun 2013
Procedures used by NSA to target non-US persons: Exhibit A – full document
Top-secret documents show Fisa judges have signed off on broad orders allowing the NSA to make use of information ‘inadvertently’ collected from domestic US communications without a warrant
20 Jun 2013
Procedures used by NSA to minimize data collection from US persons: Exhibit B – full document
The documents detail the procedures the NSA is required to follow to target ‘non-US persons’ under its foreign intelligence powers – and what the agency does to minimize data collected on US citizens and residents
8 Jun 2013
Boundless Informant: NSA explainer – full document text
View the three-page explanation document, which showed the NSA collected almost 3 billion pieces of intelligence from US computer networks over a 30-day period ending in March