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NSA Whistleblower on Bush’s Domestic Spy Program Secerts

NSA whistleblower Russell Tice was back on Keith Olbermann’s MSNBC program Thursday evening to expand on his Wednesday revelations that the National Security Agency spied on individual U.S. journalists, entire U.S. news agencies as well as “tens of thousands” of other Americans.

Tice said on Wednesday that the NSA had vacuumed in all domestic communications of Americans, including, faxes, phone calls and network traffic.

Today Tice said that the spy agency also combined information from phone wiretaps with data that was mined from credit card and other financial records. He said information of tens of thousands of U.S. citizens is now in digital databases warehoused at the NSA.

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Emanuel: I’m Getting Death Threats Over Blagojevich

Obama’s Chief of Staff Refuses to Go to Work Because of Media Stakeout

The President-elect’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, said today he won’t go to the Chicago Presidential transition offices in order to avoid reporters seeking to ask him whether he had contact with Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich about the Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama’s election.

Emanuel appeared “beet-red,” according to an ABC News cameraman who was invited inside by Emmanuel to use his bathroom this morning.

“I’m getting regular death threats. You’ve put my home address on national television. I’m pissed at the networks. You’ve intruded too much, “ Emanuel said, according to the cameraman.

A spokesman for Emanuel says he later showed up at the office, apparently able to sneak out of the house without being seen by reporters waiting to askhim questions.

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/ConductUnbecoming/story?id=6449745&page=1

Complete coverage: Gov. Rod Blagojevich

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Obama calls for Illinois governor to resign

AP Wed Dec 10WASHINGTON – President-elect Barack Obama on Wednesday joined others calling for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to resign, distancing himself further from the unfolding scandal over allegations that the governor schemed to barter Obama’s vacant Senate seat for personal gain. Full Story»

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  • Seen in file photos are Tammy Duckworh, a disabled Iraq war veteran and currently the Illinois veteran affairs director, U.S. Reps. Jesse Jackson Jr., of Chicago and Jan Schakowsky, of Evanston, Ill., Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Illinois Senate President Emil Jones. The five have been mentioned as potential candidate to fill the seat of President-elect Barack Obama who said Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008, he would resign from the Senate effective Sunday, Nov. 16. Under state law, Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich will name Obama's replacement he said he expects to make a decision by year's end, (AP Photo/Staff)

    ABC: Jackson is ‘Candidate 5’ Politico – Wed Dec 10ABC News has a law enforcement source telling them that Jesse Jackson, Jr. is “Senate Candidate Five,” the one who was — according to Blagojevich — willing to supply campaign cash in exchange for the Senate seat.

  • Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, pictured (center), was arrested on charges of conspiring to sell an appointment to president-elect Barack Obama's recently vacated US Senate seat in what prosecutors called "a political corruption crime spree."(AFP/Getty Images/Scott Olson)

    Analysis: Scandal threatens to dog Obama AP – Wed Dec 10WASHINGTON – President-elect Barack Obama hasn’t even stepped into office and already a scandal — not of his own making — is threatening to dog him.

  • US president-elect Barack Obama speaks to the press after a meeting with vice president-elect Joe Biden and former vice president Al Gore at the Transition Office in Chicago on December 9, 2008. Obama wants Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to resign after his arrest in a corruption probe, a spokesman said Wednesday.(AFP/File/Nicholas Kamm)

    Obama hopes to reboot US image among Muslims AP WASHINGTON – President-elect Barack Obama says he will try to “reboot America’s image” among the world’s Muslims and will follow tradition by using his entire name — Barack Hussein Obama — in his swearing-in ceremony.

  • The US Supreme Court will hear a case Wednesday on whether cabinet-level officials could be held accountable for controversial tactics President George W. Bush ordered as part of the US-led "war on terror." Former attorney general John Ashcroft, pictured in March, and FBI Director Robert Mueller have sought immunity from charges in a lawsuit(AFP/Getty Images/File/Alex Wong)

    Supreme Court hears case on Ashcroft, Mueller immunity AFP WASHINGTON (AFP) – The US Supreme Court heard a case Wednesday on whether cabinet-level officials could be held accountable for controversial tactics President George W. Bush ordered as part of the US-led “war on terror.”

Illinois list of past investigations and convictions

A 76-page FBI affidavit said the 51-year-old Democratic governor was intercepted on court-authorized wiretaps over the last month conspiring to sell or trade the vacant Senate seat for personal benefits for himself and his wife, Patti.

“Obviously like the rest of the people of Illinois I am saddened and sobered by the news that came out of the US attorney’s office today,” said President-elect Obama this afternoon in Chicago, speaking of the criminal complaint against Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich for corruption. “But as this is a ongoing investigation involving the governor I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to comment on the issue at this time.”

 

Following is a list of some other high-profile investigations and convictions in the state:

 

* Operation Greylord, a federal probe into the Chicago court system, was completed in 1988 with convictions and guilty pleas from 87 court personnel and attorneys, including 13 judges.

 

* Operation Silver Shovel, a federal probe into Chicago city government, ended in 1996 with 18 convictions and guilty pleas from public employees and six aldermen.

 

* Illinois Auditor Orville Hodge was convicted in 1956 for embezzling $2 million in state funds.

 

* Gov. Otto Kerner, a Democrat, was convicted in 1972 on income tax charges involving stock in race tracks acquired while in office.

 

* Illinois Attorney General William Scott was convicted in 1991 on income tax charges involving misuse of campaign funds.

 

* U.S. Rep. Daniel Rostenkowski, a Democrat, was convicted in 1996 on mail fraud charges related to public corruption.

 

Source: Illinois Campaign for Political Reform

FBI: Illinois Governor Sought To “Sell” Obama’s Senate Seat

Blagojevich was overheard by the FBI saying “I want to make money,” complaining he wasfinancially hurting.”

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich wanted President-elect Barack Obama “to put something together&something big” in exchange for going along with Obama’s choice to fill his vacant US Senate seat, according to an FBI affidavit unsealed following the Governor’s stunning arrest.

“I’ve got this thing and it’s f***ing golden, and, uh, uh, I’m just not giving it up for f***in’ nothing. I’m not gonna do it. And I can always use it. I can parachute me there,” Blagojevich said in a phone call secretly recorded by the FBI on November 5, the day after the election, according to the affidavit.

It is conduct that would make Lincoln roll over in his grave,” said U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald in announcing the charges today in Chicago.

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An internal memo obtained by The Associated Press says the FBI has received a “plausible but unsubstantiated” report that al-Qaida terrorists in late September may have discussed attacking the subway system.

“We have no specific details to confirm that this plot has developed beyond aspirational planning, but we are issuing this warning out of concern that such an attack could possibly be conducted during the forthcoming holiday season,” the report said, according to the Associated Press.