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Under Bush, the NSA Snooped on 'All Americans,' Says Former Agent

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Remember those pesky little warrant-less wiretaps George W. Bush defended back in the day? Remember how he said that only those guilty of talking to terrorists would be targeted by surveillance? Well, it turns out -- surprise, surprise -- that wasn't exactly the whole truth.

In an interview with MSNBC's Keith Olbermann last week, Russell Tice, a former National Security Agency (NSA) analyst, admitted that the NSA had monitored all forms of communication. Did you get that? All forms. Tice elaborated, saying, "The National Security Agency had access to all Americans' communications. Faxes, phone calls and their computer communications. They monitored all communications."

An especially dark aspect of this story is the manner in which journalists were singled out by the NSA. According to Tice, he was instructed to concentrate on certain groups so that they could be assessed as potential terror suspects. Those groups were journalists and news agencies. The problem is that these citizens of the United States were never eliminated from any list -- they were just monitored 24/7. Selected journalists were under government surveillance at all times. Really? Journalists? That's so Joseph McCarthy.

Wake up, America. If you don't feel violated, you haven't been paying attention (or you don't care). Either way, now seems like a pretty good time to start. We can't make up for a collectively apathetic past, but we can make sure it never happens again. [From:]

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