Washington – In the Pulitzer award winning article published by the New York Times, former National Security Agency intelligence analyst Russ Tice revealed that the agency held unwarranted wiretap orders for a long list of US politicians. Among whom include President Barack Obama. In 2004 of course, Obama was still a senator.
“In the summer of 2004, one of the papers that I held in my hand was to wiretap a bunch of numbers associated with a forty-some-year-old senator from Illinois. You wouldn’t happen to know where that guy lives now would you? It’s a big White House in Washington D.C. That’s who the NSA went after. That’s the President of the United States now” said Tice in his interview in the Boiling Frogs Show earlier this week.
The main concern here is of course, the intelligence agency’s power to blackmail their targets based on the recordings they’ve gathered. While the Bush government did admit to the signing off on the wiretapping practice, they said that the targets were very few. This however, was contradicted by Tice saying that the NSA had and most likely used their power to gather information from millions of unknowing Americans.
Tice’s allegations against the NSA in 2005 were forgotten until recently when new reports of the NSA’s data surveillance program surfaced. According to the agency, they program was designed to monitor people who are being suspected of aiding terrorist plans against the US. They added that the NSA does not have the capability nor the desire to gather information without a warrant from millions of Americans.
On the other hand, Tice believes that recent technological advancement have significantly improved the NSA’s data gathering capabilities. He states that this can be worrisome as there is no saying as to what extent will the agency abuse their power.