A second secret-er Spy Program

The ironies abound. A whistleblower has come forward to expose a second, and apparently more odious, wiretapping program. Only, if he talks about it, he could be arrested.


Russell D. Tice told the House Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations he has concerns about a "special access" electronic surveillance program that he characterized as far more wide-ranging than the warrentless wiretapping recently exposed by the New York Times but he is forbidden from discussing the program with Congress.
Tice said he believes it violates the Constitution's protection against unlawful search and seizures but has no way of sharing the information without breaking classification laws. He is not even allowed to tell the congressional intelligence committees - members or their staff - because they lack high enough clearance.
Neither could he brief the inspector general of the NSA because that office is not cleared to hear the information, he said.
The next time you joke "I can tell you, but then I'll have to kill you," remember: it's not always a joke.

Here's another hitch. Tice, one of the sources for the other wiretapping scandal, has been stripped of security clearance and declared "paranoid" for accusing a former colleague at the Defense Intelligence Agency a spy. Too bad we can't just turn to the last page of this book.

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