[Intelforum] Bush's Warrantless Wiretaps
LevinMJ at aol.com
LevinMJ at aol.com
Sun Dec 25 20:23:03 EST 2005
In a message dated 12/21/2005 9:31:03 AM Eastern Standard Time,
prosano at insight.rr.com writes:
George W. Maschke wrote:
I think that the whistleblowers who revealed this illegal domestic
surveillance program to the press are to be commended, not condemned.
I believe that neither Mr. Maschke nor Mr. Prosano, who answered with an
extended legal analysis of the intelligence tasking under discussion, have
gotten to the issue of damage to the national security.
The person who revealed the existence of this program to the press was not a
whistleblower. A whistleblower is a person who reveals unclassified
information concerning official wrongdoing, waste, fraud or abuse. This type of
revelation is legal; it is in fact protected by law. Often whistleblowers are
proud to provide their identification.
In the case at point, an individual with access to classified national
security information leaked information to the press. This action was a criminal
violation of the law. Anyone who further disclosed this information publicly
should be considered an accessory after the fact.
Note that in this case the leaker hides under a cloak of anonymity.
Now, to the issue of damage to the national security. The surveillance
program involved one of the intelligence community's most sensitive and fragile
sources; signals intelligence. History has shown us that each time the press has
a field day, such as the current one, on SIGINT operations, ---target
individuals, groups, or, countries will review their communications security and
make necessary changes. Often the changes made may eliminate a critical
intelligence source and blind us to an incoming attack.
So, if anyone wants to encourage their Congressmen or Senators to review the
legality of the subject program, fine. But please do it quietly and insist
that the review be done in closed session.
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