Powell, Himself Wiretapped,
Says It's Legit

By Wayne Madsen

Colin Powell says Bush's use of NSA to conduct warrantless wiretaps acceptable. On December 25, former Secretary of State Colin Powell told ABC News This Week that the Bush administration's use of NSA to spy on U.S. citizens without a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court warrant was legitimate. However, Powell, himself, was the target of such eavesdropping by NSA. While he was Powell's deputy undersecretary for international arms control, unconfirmed US ambassador to the UN John Bolton, on the orders of Dick Cheney, ordered NSA to conduct domestic eavesdropping on phone calls between Powell and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. Of primary interest to Bolton and Cheney was Powell's green light to Richardson to conduct diplomatic back channel nuclear talks with North Korea's UN ambassador in New York.




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