So Which Member of Congress Was Wiretapped?

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Thursday, April 16, 2009 at 10:18 am

The New York Times reported that the National Security Agency improperly wiretapped a member of Congress who was “part of a Congressional delegation to the Middle East in 2005 or 2006.” Greg Sargent wants to know who it was. Don’t we all. To the Googling stations!

My first guess was Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), who visited the West Bank in January 2006. But why stop there? In March 2005, a so-called CODEL traveled to Iraq, Jordan, Israel Lebanon and Egypt. On the trip were Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Darrel Issa (R- Calif.), George Miller (D-Calif.), Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), James McGovern (D- Mass.), and Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.).

Those weren’t the only ones. Another March 2005 CODEL featured members taking a survey of Mideast democratization efforts. On that trip: Rep. David Dreier (R-Calif.), Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.),  Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.), Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), Rep. Ander Crenshaw (R-Fla.), and then-Rep. E. Clay Shaw (R-Fla.). They went to the Palestinian territories, Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Cyprus and two other countries I didn’t immediately identify.

Let’s continue. January 2006: a congressional delegation goes to Europe, Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Middle East enough? That one had then-Rep. Jon Porter (R-Nev.), Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick (R-Penn.), Rep. Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam), Rep. Dave Weldon (R-Fla.), Rep. Melissa Hart (R-Penn.), Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) and Rep. Kenny Hulshof (R-Mo.).

Then there was a December 2006 senatorial CODEL to Iraq, Israel, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) brought back photos.

So that’s 27 members of Congress who could have been illegally surveilled by the NSA. I’m sure I’m missing some CODELs, so point them out in comments if you see them. But the broader point is that there’s no obvious reason at the moment why any of these members’ trips couldn’t have put them in contact with “persons of interest” to the National Security Agency and the Bush administration, thereby making them prima facie targets of a wideranging surveillance program.

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19 Comments

smintheus
Comment posted April 16, 2009 @ 8:39 am

The Times' report implies that the NSA plan was dropped after opposition (unspecified) arose inside the government. However it is scandalous that the NSA would even consider spying upon a member of Congress without a warrant. Interesting that the Times buried this part of the broader scandal until the very end of its report.

- smintheus


Texas Aggie
Comment posted April 16, 2009 @ 10:21 am

It's scandalous that NSA would even consider spying upon ANYONE without a warrant.


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lgerard
Comment posted April 16, 2009 @ 5:15 pm

Darrel Issa


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mark f
Comment posted April 17, 2009 @ 6:47 am

Jim McGovern is my congressman, so I probably know a little bit more about him than a general audience would. He's got a pretty low profile nationally and he's not exactly a big-time mover-and-shaker in DC, but he might be exactly the kind of person they'd want to look into.

Before he was a congressman himself, he worked for Joe Moakley. From that position he did a lot investigative work in Central America and helped expose the CIA's involvement in atrocities in Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, etc. Since that time he's had some dealings with leftist opposition parties in Colombia and I believe in one of Nancy Pelosi's go-to members when it comes to below the radar contacts with such actors (there was a minor controversy a few months back about him meeting with FARC leaders at Pelosi's request). He's always been openly and unabashedly supportive of human rights campaigns even when those have been opposite of executive branch aims, and he's a leading voice in closing down the School of the Americas.

If the NSA's purpose was political, I'd guess McGovern is far down the list of likely targets; he's just not high profile or powerful enough to warrant it, and the Worcester district is safely blue anyway. But if they wanted to glean useful information on opposition groups, I'd say McGovern's a top-tier candidate.


Jim
Comment posted April 17, 2009 @ 8:11 am

If the NSA decided not to spy on this congressperson, wouldn't you expect them, instead of dropping it completely just spy on the congresspersons non congressional contacts?


Bob Kincaid
Comment posted April 17, 2009 @ 9:38 am

Another name to the mix:

Nick Rahall (D-WV) My congressman bravely stood up against George Bush's mad rush to an insane war against the people of Iraq. That was six years ago. Depending on the time the surveillance was proposed, I'd submit that he would have been a likely target of Bush Administration spying.

The most telling clue about who it might have been, however, is the allegation about having already been in contact with someone being spied on by the NSA.


Not OJ
Comment posted April 17, 2009 @ 12:06 pm

Christianic fascism and treason, committed by the Bush regime against America. These Christofascist traitors have given their Islamic crazy colleguaes everything they could have prayed to Allah for.

Who needs Islamic terrorists when we have Republicans?


tjwestvirginia
Comment posted April 18, 2009 @ 2:09 pm

Prime suspect should be Democrat Congressman NICKY JOE RAHALL of WV. He's been connected with, and funded by, questionable Middle-Easterners since the 1970's when he first met with his terrorist friend Yasir Arafat.
Several years ago, RAHALL was also on the hook to various Las Vegas casinos because of huge gambling debts.
During the 2006 election campaign, RAHALL's opponent Republican KIM WOLFE had a wealth of documention to corroborate RAHALL's connections with Mid-East terrorists; however, the mainstream media in WV refused to allow WOLFE to expose these issues.
Hopefully, a good investigative journalist will take a look into RAHALL's background. He needs to be exposed!


tjwestvirginia
Comment posted April 18, 2009 @ 2:36 pm

Below is an addition and revision to my previous post:

Prime suspect should be Democrat Congressman NICKY JOE RAHALL of WV. He's been connected with, and funded by, questionable Middle-Easterners since the 1970's when he first met with his terrorist friend YASSER ARAFAT.

Here's a few tidbits which are just the tip of the iceberg:

TANYA RAHALL, the Congressman's sister, is paid over $200,00 a year lobbying Congress for Qatar. And the person she frequently lobbies is her older brother, one of Qatar's biggest champions in Washington.

Several years ago, Congressman RAHALL was on the hook to various Las Vegas casinos because of huge gambling debts.

During the 2006 election campaign, RAHALL's opponent, Republican KIM WOLFE of Huntington, WV, had a wealth of documentation to corroborate RAHALL's connections with Mid-East terrorists; however, the mainstream media in WV ignored WOLFE, granting him only nominal press exposure.

Hopefully, a good investigative journalist will take a look into RAHALL's background. He needs to be exposed!


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ordi
Comment posted April 18, 2009 @ 10:49 pm

Here is another possibility

Codel Obama

http://thehill.com/lynn-sweet/codel-obama-2006-…


Rick Snuffer
Comment posted May 14, 2009 @ 4:08 pm

The NSA DID NOT… get that; DID NOT wiretap the Congressman. They thought about it, evidently wanted to; then didn't. (I find it interesting they didn't hesitate to wiretap when Rep. Jane Harman was thought to be speaking to alleged agents for Israel.

The REASON they wanted too was because this Congressman made contact with a known terrorist who was; I repeat… WAS UNDER SURVEILLANCE. Does anyone out there have problems with the NSA wiretapping known terrorists.

One of the most named suspects, err… Congressman, has definitely been known to associate with terrorists.

If any of these members would like to be removed from the suspicion list… all they would need to do is release their phone records from their trip. Any takers????


Rick Snuffer
Comment posted May 14, 2009 @ 4:11 pm

The NSA DID NOT… get that; DID NOT wiretap the Congressman. They thought about it, evidently wanted to; then didn't. (I find it interesting they didn't hesitate to wiretap when Rep. Jane Harman was thought to be speaking to alleged agents for Israel.)

The REASON they wanted to was because this Congressman made contact with a known terrorist who was; I repeat… WAS UNDER SURVEILLANCE. Does anyone out there have problems with the NSA wiretapping known terrorists.

One of the most named suspects, err… Congressman, has definitely been known to associate with terrorists.

If any of these members would like to be removed from the suspicion list… all they would need to do is release their phone records from their trip. Any takers????


Rick Snuffer
Comment posted May 14, 2009 @ 11:08 pm

The NSA DID NOT… get that; DID NOT wiretap the Congressman. They thought about it, evidently wanted to; then didn't. (I find it interesting they didn't hesitate to wiretap when Rep. Jane Harman was thought to be speaking to alleged agents for Israel.

The REASON they wanted too was because this Congressman made contact with a known terrorist who was; I repeat… WAS UNDER SURVEILLANCE. Does anyone out there have problems with the NSA wiretapping known terrorists.

One of the most named suspects, err… Congressman, has definitely been known to associate with terrorists.

If any of these members would like to be removed from the suspicion list… all they would need to do is release their phone records from their trip. Any takers????


Rick Snuffer
Comment posted May 14, 2009 @ 11:11 pm

The NSA DID NOT… get that; DID NOT wiretap the Congressman. They thought about it, evidently wanted to; then didn't. (I find it interesting they didn't hesitate to wiretap when Rep. Jane Harman was thought to be speaking to alleged agents for Israel.)

The REASON they wanted to was because this Congressman made contact with a known terrorist who was; I repeat… WAS UNDER SURVEILLANCE. Does anyone out there have problems with the NSA wiretapping known terrorists.

One of the most named suspects, err… Congressman, has definitely been known to associate with terrorists.

If any of these members would like to be removed from the suspicion list… all they would need to do is release their phone records from their trip. Any takers????


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