Wednesday, June 07, 2006

NSA in our midst?

In the latest on the Servicemembers Legal Defense Fund Freedom of Information Lawsuit instigated by the TALON domestic spying case, the NSA refuses to say if it is spying on LGBT civil rights groups. Says the NSA:
any substantive response to [the original] request would tend to confirm or deny specific activities.
Yeah—like you are illegally spying on us. But, this administration is developing quite a record of indifference to obeying the law. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has said the surveillance program is “no big deal.”

Looks like the SLDN will have to bring the NSA to court in order to get them to follow the law. Said SLDN executive director C. Dixon Osburn,
2006 is the new 1984. The federal government’s Orwellian surveillance programs of ordinary, law-abiding citizens violates our right to privacy under current law.
In an earlier post in the series we reported that the Defense and Justice departments agreed to "bare all" in response to the FOI request, leaving just the belligerent NSA.