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NSA audit proves BIG BROTHER is spying on Americans

Posted in Big Brother, Constitution, NSA with tags , , , on August 16, 2013 by saynsumthn

The National Security Agency has overstepped its authority and broken privacy rules thousands of times every year since being given new surveillance powers by Congress in 2008, The Washington Post reported, citing an internal audit and other secret documents.

The documents, which the Post claims it received earlier this summer from NSA leaker Edward Snowden, detail how the controversial agency has crossed the line many times over in its collection of massive amounts of data from around the world.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/08/16/nsa-reportedly-broke-privacy-rules-thousands-times/#ixzz2c9gb6drX

The documents, provided earlier this summer to The Washington Post by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, include a level of detail and analysis that is not routinely shared with Congress or the special court that oversees surveillance. In one of the documents, agency personnel are instructed to remove details and substitute more generic language in reports to the Justice Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

In one instance, the NSA decided that it need not report the unintended surveillance of Americans. A notable example in 2008 was the interception of a “large number” of calls placed from Washington when a programming error confused the U.S. area code 202 for 20, the international dialing code for Egypt, according to a “quality assurance” review that was not distributed to the NSA’s oversight staff.

In another case, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which has authority over some NSA operations, did not learn about a new collection method until it had been in operation for many months. The court ruled it unconstitutional.

The NSA audit obtained by The Post, dated May 2012, counted 2,776 incidents in the preceding 12 months of unauthorized collection, storage, access to or distribution of legally protected communications. Most were unintended. Many involved failures of due diligence or violations of standard operating procedure. The most serious incidents included a violation of a court order and unauthorized use of data about more than 3,000 Americans and green-card holders.

OBAMA and NIXON AGREE ON NSA:

Posted in NSA, Richard Nixon with tags , , , , , on July 3, 2013 by saynsumthn

FROM THE NYT:

In the Oval Office on May 16, 1973, Mr. Buzhardt told Nixon about his discussions with the deputy director of the National Security Agency, Louis W. Tordella, about the Huston plan. The N.S.A. conducts international electronic eavesdropping, but like the C.I.A., it is not supposed to spy on Americans at home.

”Anything the N.S.A. did is totally defensible,” Nixon said, referring to the Huston plan.

Mr. Buzhardt replied: ”They move into a broader category with respect to domestic affairs” — an illegal realm.

”What do you mean?” Nixon asked. ”Electronic surveillance?”

Mr. Buzhardt replied, ”Yes, sir, targeting U.S. citizens’ conversations.”
In the Oval Office on May 16, 1973, Mr. Buzhardt told Nixon about his discussions with the deputy director of the National Security Agency, Louis W. Tordella, about the Huston plan. The N.S.A. conducts international electronic eavesdropping, but like the C.I.A., it is not supposed to spy on Americans at home.

”Anything the N.S.A. did is totally defensible,” Nixon said, referring to the Huston plan.

Mr. Buzhardt replied: ”They move into a broader category with respect to domestic affairs” — an illegal realm.

”What do you mean?” Nixon asked. ”Electronic surveillance?”

Mr. Buzhardt replied, ”Yes, sir, targeting U.S. citizens’ conversations.”

David Gregory accused of wanting journalists prosecuted for covering whistleblowers of Secret Court and NSA

Posted in Media Bias, NSA with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2013 by saynsumthn

NBC “Meet the Press” host David Gregory got a rise out of Glenn Greenwald on Sunday by asking the Guardian reporter why he shouldn’t be charged with a crime for having “aided and abetted” former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden.Greenwald replied on the show Sunday that it was “pretty extraordinary that anybody who would call themselves a journalist would publicly muse about whether or not other journalists should be charged with felonies.”

Greenwald replied on the show Sunday that it was “pretty extraordinary that anybody who would call themselves a journalist would publicly muse about whether or not other journalists should be charged with felonies.”

Don’t look for this portion of the interview on NBC’s Meet the Press website- its not there – wonder why?

GGreenwald

NY Times on Snowden