Raw Story's David Edwards and Muriel Kane (1/21/09) report on ex-NSA agent Russell Tice's appearance on MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann, where the man "who helped expose the NSA's warrantless wiretapping in December 2005" further revealed "that the programs that spied on Americans were not only much broader than previously acknowledged but specifically targeted journalists":
When Olbermann pressed him for specifics, Tice offered, "An organization that was collected on were U.S. news organizations and reporters and journalists."
"To what purpose?" Olbermann asked. "I mean, is there a file somewhere full of every email sent by all the reporters at the New York Times? Is there a recording somewhere of every conversation I had with my little nephew in upstate New York?"
Tice did not answer directly, but simply stated, "If it was involved in this specific avenue of collection, it would be everything."
Though unable to say to what use all this illegally obtained data was put, Tice did know one thing: "He was sure it 'was digitized and put on databases somewhere.'"
Read the FAIR magazine Extra!: "Terror Talk Crowds Out Thoughtful Discussion: Wiretapping Americans for Foreign Intelligence" (11-12/07) by Cynthia Cooper