NSA spying info was spread widely
Information captured by the National Security Agency's secret eavesdropping on communications between the United States and overseas has been passed on to other government agencies, which cross-check the information with tips and information collected in other databases, current and former administration officials said.The NSA has turned such information over to the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and to other government entities, ......
At least one of those organizations, the DIA, has used NSA information as the basis for carrying out surveillance of people in the country suspected of posing a threat, according to two sources. A DIA spokesman said the agency does not conduct such domestic surveillance but would not comment further.....
DIA personnel stationed inside the United States went further on occasion, conducting physical surveillance of people or vehicles identified as a result of NSA intercepts, said two sources familiar with the operations, although the DIA said it does not conduct such activities.
This is getting really big. DIA conducting surveillance inside America? A tie in to the Talon program where the Pentagon was caught monitoring peaceful antiwar goups? The Bush admin may be in REAL trouble here if even one of those monitored isn't solidly linked to terror. And from the error rate on the renditions(reported around 10 %,) I think that's pretty likely.
As a bit of an editorial inclusion, I think as a statement of opinion by the WaPo, this article also has a sizeable rehash of the Nixon polices and the Church Commission(1975.)
And, could this be more buried than on New Year's Day?
UPDATE: I didn't notice earlier that this was bylined Walter Pincus. Pincus is well known for his connections/sources in the CIA. No judgement, just interesting.
ALSO: William Arkin says the Pentagon spying on Americans could be far worse than we thought and may be being operated in intentional violation of the law.