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FBI Raids Lefty Lawyer For NSA Monitoring Leaks

Not that you would ever know his politics from this sanitized version of events from “Spikey” Michael Isikoff at the DNC’s Newsweek:

Looking For a Leaker

by Michael Isikoff

Aug. 13, 2007 issue – The controversy over President Bush’s warrantless surveillance program took another surprise turn last week when a team of FBI agents, armed with a classified search warrant, raided the suburban Washington home of a former Justice Department lawyer.

The lawyer, Thomas M. Tamm, previously worked in Justice’s Office of Intelligence Policy and Review (OIPR)—the supersecret unit that oversees surveillance of terrorist and espionage targets. The agents seized Tamm’s desktop computer, two of his children’s laptops and a cache of personal files.

Tamm and his lawyer, Paul Kemp, declined any comment. So did the FBI. But two legal sources who asked not to be identified talking about an ongoing case told NEWSWEEK the raid was related to a Justice criminal probe into who leaked details of the warrantless eavesdropping program to the news media.

The raid appears to be the first significant development in the probe since The New York Times reported in December 2005 that Bush had authorized the National Security Agency to eavesdrop on the international phone calls and e-mails of U.S. residents without court warrants. (At the time, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said of the leak: “This is really hurting national security; this has really hurt our country.”)

A veteran federal prosecutor who left DOJ last year, Tamm worked at OIPR during a critical period in 2004 when senior Justice officials first strongly objected to the surveillance program. Those protests led to a crisis that March when, according to recent Senate testimony, then A.G. John Ashcroft, FBI Director Robert Mueller and others threatened to resign, prompting Bush to scale the program back.

Tamm, said one of the legal sources, had shared concerns about he program’s legality, but it was unclear whether he actively participated in the internal DOJ protest

Of course for Mr. Isikioff it was more important to try to smear Mr. Gonzales in the piece rather than go into the details of Mr. Tamm’s background or possible motivation:

Priorities: The Attorney General apologized for 'creating confusion'

[Newsweek caption:] Priorities: The Attorney General apologized for ‘creating confusion’

He has his priorities.

But fortunately our good friend the great Clarice Feldman and others are already on the case.

They have thus far uncovered that Mr. Tamm is a Clinton holdover at the DoJ, a contributor to the DNC — and judging from his purported online postings, a lunatic lefty who is strongly opposed to the Iraq war.

Gee, what a surprise.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, August 6th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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