Wayne Madsen on the NSA Again

Wayne Madsen has another NSA leak that I really hope isn't true: NSA intercepts for Bolton masked as 'training missions':

According to National Security Agency insiders, outgoing NSA Director General Michael Hayden approved special communications intercepts of phone conversations made by past and present U.S. government officials. The intercepts are at the height of the current controversy surrounding the nomination of Undersecretary of State John R. Bolton as ambassador to the United Nations.

It was revealed by Senator Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) during Bolton's Senate Foreign Relations Committee nomination hearing that Bolton requested transcripts of 10 NSA intercepts of conversations between named U.S. government officials and foreign persons. However, NSA insiders report that Hayden approved special intercept operations on behalf of Bolton and had them masked as “training missions” in order to get around internal NSA regulations that normally prohibit such eavesdropping on U.S. citizens.

Is it easier to believe that life is imitating “Enemy of the State,” or that NSA sources are workig to discredit Madsen by feeding him false info?

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5 Responses to Wayne Madsen on the NSA Again

  1. Mojo says:

    I’m confused as to how masking operations as “training missions” would get around the regulations. As Madsen himself pointed out, materials from training missions cannot be retained, processed or disseminated. That would have required Hayden to invent fake training ops and also direct the people executing them to violate the law. If he intended to violate the regulations by retaining, processing and disseminating information from “training missions”, wouldn’t it have been easier to simply violate the regulations in the first place? And no, calling something a “training mission” doesn’t make it any easier to waltz out of NSA with bags of tapes or e-mail megs of data from a classfied collection system without somebody noticing. Enemy of the State was entertaining, but wildly off on both technical and procedural grounds. Madsen seems to think it was a documentary.

  2. Wayne Madsen says:

    I wonder where Mojo gets his/her information about NSA and training missions? I live 40 minutes from the NSA campus and have spoken to all ranks about the problems there. The one thing these people who scoff that our intelligence agencies are being used for neo con political purposes have in common is that they DEMAND sources. Of course they do, so their friends at the National Review, Free Republic and all those other treasonous sites can savage the people who come forward with information on this corrupt regime.

    No one is feeding me false info. They didn’t on the story about the dirty oil money from Nigeria that was used to buy the election programmers nor the White House leak on the planned pre-election attack on Iran nor the reason Rafik al Hariri was assassinated was to open up Lebanon as a another client US military base in the Middle East. In addition, there remains no independent verification from any journalist in Baghdad that Air Force One ever touched down at BIAP on Thanksgiving 2003. But we now know that Simone Ledeen, daughter of neo-con culprit Michael Ledeen was present at that “dinner.” How many other neo-cons were dressed up as military members? Why was Al Udeid Airbase in Qatar designed as a movie set? The BBC correspondent in Baghdad that I spoke to scoffed at the notion that Air Force One was at the airport. No journalist from Baghdad was allowed anywhere near the airport that day. Troops at BIAP found that the hangar in question was closed and locked up when they went for dinner. But the neo cons went nuts over the possibility that the “dinner” was a fake, a TV stunt carried by the only TV crew allowed to go along — FOX NEWS! Unlike the neo-cons’ drunken and corrupt “Curveball,” my sources are rock solid.
    The neo cons hate it when people call them on their fakery of the news. Remember, nothing about the Bush regime is authentic. Its one Big Lie — from fake grenades in Tiblisi, to non existent WMDs in Iraq and Syria, to fake White House gay escort news reporters, to phony Fox News, to faked news reports from White House paid fake reporters, none of this is real folks. This has been in the making since the summer DoD Defense Science Board retreats during Bush 41 when “percpetion management” was crafted as a means to conduct strategic and tactical information operations against foreign nations and our own country.

    And, as for Enemy of the State. That film had technical support of a former high ranking official of the agency who traded the information so that his daughter could get a bit part in the movie. The training mission scenario is a well known tactic used to get around FISA and USSID 18. This is typical neo-con clap trap emanating from someone parading around as a liberal. The sooner we learn to recognize these neo-COINTELPRO types and what they do within the progressive Blogosphere, we’ll all be better off in the long run.

  3. Mojo says:

    Madsen said, “I wonder where Mojo gets his/her information about NSA”
    26 years in the military intelligence community. I’ve worked in NSA. I’m not a neo-con (as I think Bricklayer will attest). Any other questions?

  4. Bricklayer says:

    I don’t think the neo-cons would take you. Neither would the NSA, the SEALS, the CIA, or any of the other organizations in the “community” you say you worked for. I’m pretty sure Madsen is referring to the National Security Agency, not the National Society of Accountants.

    I like this Madsen guy though. He makes me laugh. He’s like Al Sharpton, you lefties just aren’t exactly sure what do with him.

  5. michael says:


    Please note my long-standing comments policy.

    I think this lack of basic civility has gone far enough here. Insulting other commentators is clearly over the line. Posters are welcome to disagree, but not to be disagreeable. Be polite, or else I will either remove your welcome mat, or invoke the disemvoweler.

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