Wednesday, July 31, 2013


I just read a post that claimed the NSA is not our enemy and I then recalled Gen. Hayden botching the 4th Amendment in 2006 and then stating we shouldn't worry because we could trust the NSA shift supervisors.  We had FISA judges speak out against the warrant-less NSA surveillance and even some Bush Administration officials had had enough in 2004:
Bush Intervened in Dispute Over N.S.A. Eavesdropping

Published: May 16, 2007
NY Times

WASHINGTON, May 15 — President Bush intervened in March 2004 to avert a crisis over the National Security Agency’s domestic eavesdropping program after Attorney General John Ashcroft, Director Robert S. Mueller III of the F.B.I. and other senior Justice Department aides all threatened to resign, a former deputy attorney general testified Tuesday.
There have been a few NSA employees who have spoken out and former NSA senior analyst J. Kirk Wiebe's testimony is frightening:
Wiebe recalled leaving his NSA job in disgust on Oct. 31, 2001. He accused former NSA Director Michael Hayden of unilaterally revoking the Fourth Amendment, which guards citizens against unwarranted searches, and said the NSA's "self interest, ego and arrogance led to 9/11."

Complaining of programs through officially authorized channels, as some critics suggested Snowden should have done, "resulted in nothing good for anyone" in his case, Wiebe said.

"We've become the enemy we're trying to thwart," he charged.

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