Saturday, May 13, 2006


Eye Spy

(Image, titled "Eye Itches", by Salmondine) Chris Strohm of Mational Journal's Congress Daily reports A former intelligence officer for the National Security Agency said he plans to tell Senate staffers next week that unlawful activity occurred at the agency under the supervision of Gen. Michael Hayden beyond what has been publicly reported, while hinting that it might have involved the illegal use of space-based satellites and systems to spy on U.S. citizens.... According to an unclassified resume, Tice was a specialist in space operations systems, command and control warfare, advanced technology and all-source collection analysis. During an 18-year career, he worked on some of the most secretive programs in the government. Satellite? What could that be? Like, say, intercepting phone calls transmitted to communications satellites? Separately, Katherine Schrader of AP reports this: Spy Agency Watching Americans From Space Washington - A little-known spy agency that analyzes imagery taken from the skies has been spending significantly more time watching U.S. soil. ... Geospatial intelligence is the science of combining imagery, such as satellite pictures, to physically depict features or activities happening anywhere on the planet. A part of the Defense Department, the NGA usually operates unnoticed to provide information on nuclear sites, terror camps, troop movements or natural disasters. ... Privacy advocates wonder how much the agency picks up - and stores.
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