Thomas Tamm is now facing charges for whistle-blowing about illegal surveillance that Bush authorized back in 2002 after the September 11 attacks. Tamm found out about the secret, potentially illegal wiretapping in 2004. At the time, Tamm was a member of the Justice Department’s Office of Intelligence Policy and Review. Due to his contact with the New York Times, it reported the following in 2005:
“The intelligence agency has monitored the international telephone calls and international e-mail messages of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people inside the United States without warrants over the past three years…”
In 2011, the government decided not to prosecute Tamm, but new charges were filed in December and it now appears they will go through with Tamm’s prosecution.
Is this a new message that whistle-blowing won’t be tolerated?
You can read further about the Tamm’s case here.