More like Nixon Every Day

So… just foreign telephone intercepts, y’say? Just bombers of weddings and commuter trains?

Despite all the news accounts and punditry since the New York Times published its Dec. 16 bombshell about the National Security Agency’s domestic spying, the media coverage has made virtually no mention of the fact that the Bush administration used the NSA to spy on U.N. diplomats in New York before the invasion of Iraq.

That spying had nothing to do with protecting the United States from a terrorist attack. The entire purpose of the NSA surveillance was to help the White House gain leverage, by whatever means possible, for a resolution in the U.N. Security Council to green light an invasion. When that surveillance was exposed nearly three years ago, the mainstream U.S. media winked at Bush’s illegal use of the NSA for his Iraq invasion agenda.

Um… aheh… yeah, well then there’s that, right?

“As part of its battle to win votes in favor of war against Iraq,” the Observer had reported on March 2, 2003, the U.S. government developed an “aggressive surveillance operation, which involves interception of the home and office telephones and the e-mails of U.N. delegates.” The smoking gun was “a memorandum written by a top official at the National Security Agency — the U.S. body which intercepts communications around the world — and circulated to both senior agents in his organization and to a friendly foreign intelligence agency.” The friendly agency was Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters.

Back in March? of 2003!??! Why are US media outlets sleeping on this story? How much grass has to grow under their feet before they’re just lawn jockeys for the White House?

These sound an awful lot like impeachable offenses to me.


  1. Gosh, Rusty, I had no idea that previous administrations were using the NSA to blackmail diplomats into supporting the war in Iraq.

    This thing goes even further back than I thought!

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