NSA bugging more widespread than thought, says ex-analyst
November 26, 2009 3 Comments
By JOSEPH FITSANAKIS | intelNews.org |
A former NSA analyst and US Navy intelligence officer has alleged that the National Security Agency’s (NSA) domestic spying program was more widespread than originally thought, and that it was authorized by the Bush Administration prior to 9/11. Wayne Madsen, who authors the Wayne Madsen Report, says the NSA consulted with US telecommunications service providers about aspects of its STELLAR WIND program in as early as February 27, 2001, several months prior to the events of 9/11. STELLAR WIND was a massive domestic surveillance program involving spying on US citizens. Under the guidance of the office of the US Attorney General, the NSA was systematically allowed to circumvent the standard authorization process under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Court, composed of 11 federal judges, and thus conduct what is known as warrantless wiretapping within the United States, which is illegal. Last January, another former NSA analyst, Russell Tice, disclosed that he was involved in a sub-project of STELLAR WIND that systematically monitored the communications of American journalists and news agencies. In July, James Bamford, who has authored several books on the NSA, claimed that the gigantic agency is still overstepping its legal framework in both domestic and international spying.