By Kim Zetter
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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