Russell Tice, one of the first NSA whistleblowers, comments on President Obama’s January 17 speech about the National Security Agency. Tice cautions that the modest changes Obama proposes do not even acknowledge the abuses that have occurred, and that the narrow focus on cosmetic changes to the mass collection of phone records distracts from the big picture of unconstitutional actions by NSA and other intel agencies. We note that not a single person was fired, and that Obama has ignored the clear perjury of DNI’s Clapper and NSA’s Alexander. Other than restricting the circle of surveillance to 2 hops, Obama did not embrace the findings of his hand-picked Review Panel or the thoughtful 21-point reform agenda presented by NSA whistleblowers. Tice also shares his views on Ed Snowden’s disclosures and Glenn Greenwald’s reporting.
Russell Tice is a Former NSA Intelligence Analyst & Capabilities Operations Officer Specializing in Offensive Information Warfare (O-IW). During his nearly 20 year career with various US government agencies he conducted intelligence missions related to the Kosovo War, Afghanistan, and the USS Cole Bombing in Yemen. In 2005 Tice helped spark a national controversy over claims that the NSA and the DIA were engaged in unlawful and unconstitutional wiretaps on US citizens, and later admitted that he was one of the sources that were used in the NY Times’ reporting on the wiretap activity in December 2005. On July 26, 2006, he was subpoenaed to appear before a federal grand jury regarding violations of federal law.
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