[ISN] Inside Operation Highlander: the NSA's Wiretapping of Americans Abroad

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Sat, 11 Oct 2008 02:04:10 -0500 (CDT)

By Kim Zetter 
Threat Level
October 10, 2008 

A top secret NSA wiretapping facility in Georgia accused of spying on 
Americans illegally was hastily staffed with inexperienced reservists in 
the months following September 11, where they worked under conflicting 
orders and with little supervision, according to three former workers at 
the spy complex.

"Nobody knew exactly what the heck we were doing," said a former 
translator for the project, code named Highlander, who spoke on 
condition of anonymity. "We were figuring out the rules as we were going 

Former Army Reserve linguist Adrienne Kinne, who worked at the facility 
at Fort Gordon, won new attention this week for her year-old claim that 
she and her group intercepted and transcribed satellite phone calls of 
American civilians in the Middle East for the National Security Agency. 
Senate intelligence committee chair Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) opened a 
probe into the alleged abuses after ABC News reported on them Thursday.

Threat Level spoke with Kinne extensively last year about the alleged 
systematic surveillance of Americans and others operating in the Middle 
East following the 9/11 attacks. She provided a number of details about 
some of the calls and how the operation was conducted.


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