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Thread #151099   Message #3555534
Posted By: Songwronger
02-Sep-13 - 10:30 PM
Thread Name: BS: The NSA Scandal/Snowden
Subject: RE: BS: The NSA Scandal/Snowden
NSA Has Been Spying On Members Of Congress For A Long Time

...There was also a report by a former intelligence analyst and whistleblower Russell Tice that the NSA wiretapped Barack Obama in 2004. Is there some massive archive of politicians' dirty secrets somewhere at the NSA? Surely the NSA at least has their metadata they have everyone's. It is hard to imagine when push comes to shove and its budget time that the NSA doesn't take a peek at who they are doing business with in Congress. Intelligence is all about having as much information as possible, that's the training and that's the game. Old habits probably die hard....

...the NSA has been spying on members of Congress and allowing the information to be used for leverage since at least the Reagan Administration.

"We listened to all the calls in and out of Washington," says one former NSA linguist, recalling a class at the Warrenton Training Center, a CIA communications school on a Virginia hilltop. "We'd listen to senators, representatives, government agencies, housewives talking to their lovers."

http://news.firedoglake.com/2013/08/28/nsa-has-been-spying-on-members-of-congress-for-a-long-time/