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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-06-07 11:54 AM
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ABC: Whistle-blower Had to Fight NSA, LA Times to Tell Story

http://blogs.abcnews.com/theblotter/2007/03/whistleblow...

Whistle-blower Had to Fight NSA, LA Times to Tell Story

Whistle-blower AT&T technician Mark Klein says his effort to reveal alleged government surveillance of domestic Internet traffic was blocked not only by U.S. intelligence officials but also by the top editors of the Los Angeles Times.

In his first broadcast interview, which can be seen tonight on World News and Nightline, Klein describes how he stumbled across "secret NSA rooms" being installed at an AT&T switching center in San Francisco and later heard of similar rooms in at least six other cities, including Atlanta, San Diego, Los Angeles, Palo Alto, San Jose and Seattle.

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Klein says he collected 120 pages of technical documents left around the San Francisco office showing how the NSA was installing "splitters" that would allow it to copy both domestic and international Internet traffic moving through AT&T connections with 16 other trunk lines.

"It's gobs and gobs of information going across the Internet," Klein says.

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But after working for two months with LA Times reporter Joe Menn, Klein says he was told the story had been killed at the request of then-Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte and then-director of the NSA Gen. Michael Hayden.

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Klein says what he knows won't help terrorists.

"The only people that are being kept in the dark is the American people who are being misled and not realizing, not being told that their private information, that their liberties are being destroyed and tramped on," he said.
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1monster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-06-07 12:03 PM
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1. Surprised, anyone?
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Acadia Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-06-07 01:22 PM
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7. No. We are just like third world countries now. Where the government
is totally corrupt and does not obey its own laws.
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-06-07 01:27 PM
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9. No, not really.
But what I don't know is what is going to happen when we discover that our information was given to our right-wing GOP neighbors. Someone would need to get properly sued to make sure this abuse never happens again.
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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-06-07 12:05 PM
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2. wow, so much stuff is coming out
When will the American public wake up?
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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-06-07 12:14 PM
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3. Even my republican cousins are waking up. And they are very sheltered. nt
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Acadia Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-06-07 01:23 PM
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8. The 57 percent in Louisiana are either dumb or not awaken yet.
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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-06-07 02:02 PM
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10. 57% of republicans is a lot better than it used to be.
Not so easy to get that lockstep going without that 43%.
These cousins of mine were lockstep right up to this year, there is hope for yours too!
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Auntie Bush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-06-07 02:14 PM
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11. Sounds like they need a good earthquake to wake them up.
Or I'll bet another Hurricane would do the job.
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ray of light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-06-07 12:32 PM
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4. thanks
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PassingFair Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-06-07 12:41 PM
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5. Make sure you tell ALL of your republican acquaintainces...
to watch these shows...
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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-06-07 12:42 PM
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6. K&R
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-06-07 06:36 PM
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12. "All your privacy are belong to us." - Big Brother BushCo republicons
Edited on Tue Mar-06-07 06:36 PM by SpiralHawk
"But always remember, Big BushCo republicons love you."

- corporate media propaganda parrots

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originalpckelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-06-07 06:39 PM
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13. Damn. And this is Always Broadcasting Conservatives.
Not good for the right.
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lukery Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-06-07 07:41 PM
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14. sibel
no wonder sibel is having so much trouble with the media, and the govt.
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