Posted by Curt on 6 August, 2007 at 7:50 am. 26 comments already!

Now this is interesting, and surprising

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.

And not surprising is the fact that the suspect in this case was a DNC sympathizer: (h/t The Strata-Sphere)

TAMM, THOMAS MARK
POTOMAC, MD 20854
US ATTORNEYS OFFICE/ATTORNEY

DNC SERVICES CORPORATION/DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE
09/17/2004 300.00 24991283185

Of course he only leaked the information because he felt so strongly against it right?  Nevermind that there is a whistleblower program he could of gone to.  No, he leaked it to the papers during the election cycle. 

Bloggers such as Newsbusters have found a few comments left by Thomas Mann critical of Bush in addition to the fact that he received an award in 2000 at Justice which would imply that he is a holdover from the previous Administration. 

All I’m hoping for is if this Thomas Mann is the one who leaked this program to the world, putting us at greater risk, I hope he hangs.

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