Given the report by Bill Gertz in the Washington Post about Russ Tice, a former NSA employee who is prepared to testify about improper actions by the NSA and DIA in Special Access programs, it seems clear that a number of things will happen in the next few days:
- Tice will be attacked by partisans in the same way that Richard Clarke was following his 9/11 testimony. The accusations won’t be true, most likely, but
- the media will cheerfully present a ‘balanced’ point of view, by repeating the Republican talking points uncritically
- the issue will be connected to 9/11 again. Eventually, Dick Cheney will make the argument that this program, too, could have prevented the attacks.
Anyone want to take the bet on the prediction?