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Professor Chris Pyle Is Talking Head for Domestic Spying Scandal

It wasn’t long after news broke that the National Security Agency (NSA) has been secretly monitoring phone calls and emails of thousands of Americans that professor of politics Christopher Pyle’s phone began ringing off the hook. In 1970, Pyle, a former intelligence officer, disclosed the military surveillance of civilian politics and worked to end to it, as a consultant to three Congressional committees, including the Senate Intelligence Committee, which wrote the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) of 1978.

So when reports of the current administration’s spying activities began appearing in the press, Pyle was consulted by media outlets across the country, and even internationally, for his opinion and expertise.

In early December, Pyle appeared on NBC Nightly News in a segment called “Pentagon Spying,” to comment on 400 pages of classified Defense Department reports listing dozens of peaceful antiwar protests as “threats” to the military.

A few days later, the story broke in the New York Times that President Bush had authorized the NSA’s eavesdropping, which violates the FISA.

Since then, Pyle has done more than 50 radio and newspaper interviews, written six op-eds, and given a public talk. He has been on radio shows in California, Arizona, Texas, Colorado, Georgia, New York, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Indiana, North Carolina, Washington, D.C., Australia, and Iran.

“I’d never want to be a truly public person,” Pyle said. “But you can’t keep quiet when this stuff is going on.”

Some of the highlights of Pyle’s media coverage:

NBC Nightly News interview with Lisa Myers, Dec. 13

Democracy Now guest with host Amy Goodman, Dec. 19

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