MORE SPYING….Over the weekend, the New York Times published a letter written to President Bush last May by Pete Hoekstra, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Hoekstra says there’s yet another secret intelligence program that the White House is hiding from Congress, and he’s not happy about it. But check out the reason he’s unhappy:
If these allegations are true, they may represent a breach of responsibility by the Administration, a violation of law, and, just as importantly, a direct affront to me and the Members this committee.
Am I the only one who thinks that a violation of the law ought to rank a wee bit higher than an affront to Pete Hoekstra?
At this point, it’s not clear who leaked the letter to the Times, nor has anyone provided a clue about what this program is that has Hoekstra so exercised. However, Justin Rood takes a guess:
Five days before Hoekstra wrote his now-famous letter, NSA whistleblower Russ Tice ? James “State of War” Risen’s source for his NYT domestic wiretapping story ? told inside-the-beltway pub Congress Daily he was planning to tell congressional staffers “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.”
Space-based satellites! Cool! Stay tuned.
UPDATE: Nope, it’s not Tice.