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Journal Cy Guy's Journal: Did Sen. Brownback (R-KS) Violate Senate Rules? 5

Anyone else catch Brownback's speech on Bolton last night where he disclosed what I believe to be previously undisclosed information from a classified NSA Intercept?

Regarding the 19 intercepts that Bolton requested the info on the US citizen's whose information had been "minimized" Brownback - who I believe is one of only two Senators who have been cleared to even see the memos - said that the memo that Bolton showed to another individual without getting proper clearance was in fact shown to an employee that reported to Bolton and that the employee was the US citizen mentioned in the memo.

This seems to be much more of a violation of the rule the rightwing of blogosphere were accusing Reid of breaking just two weeks ago re: Judge Saad's FBI file.

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Did Sen. Brownback (R-KS) Violate Senate Rules?

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  • by ellem ( 147712 ) *
    absolutely anything that can stick to this psycho-christian freak bag is true.

    he kills puppies, he rapes goldfish, he eats maps anything...

    this guy is an ahole.
  • 1) The NSA is generally not allowed to intercept the comms of US citizens.

    2) The NSA is only allowed to keep comm intercepts involving US citizens when the intercept is part of an intelligence op. (Or a terrorisim investigation?)

    3) The NSA kept an intercept of a US citizen who was employed by Bolton. This intercept was classified.

    4) Bolton used his security clearance to view the NSA intercept in (3).

    5) Bolton's employee referenced in (3) was not cleared to see the NSA intercept in (3).

    6) Bolton showed
    • 1-4, check

      5) slight change, the employee (per Brownback) had a sufficiently high clearance to view the intercept, but had not been approved to see that intercept which is a seperate process based on need-to-know only for the purposes of understanding the intelligence in the underlying intercept. The withholding of the info on US citizens is more of Privacy Act and/or posse commitatus issue than a security 'clearance' issue.

      6) Essentially correct - with caveat above.

      7) Probably not, since it's unlikely t
  • Politicians on both sides are doing this sort of crap all the time, but people are just too damn partisan. It's all fine and dandy when "their" guy does it, but it's the end of the world when the "other" guy does it.

    Of course, the only people who benefit from this divide and conquer are the politicians who are engineering it. We the people are the losers, but too many are too duped to see it, much less care about it.

    At least, these politicians benefit up until the republic formally collapses and they wi

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