Photo of Obama listening in on phone calls
Update: 6/17/13: The Office of the Director of National Intelligence shot down this report late Sunday evening:
“The statement that a single analyst can eavesdrop on domestic communications without proper legal authorization is incorrect and was not briefed to Congress. Members have been briefed on the implementation of Section 702, that it targets foreigners located overseas for a valid foreign intelligence purpose, and that it cannot be used to target Americans anywhere in the world.”
Is this statement the least untruthful that it can be???
Keep in mind that even though Nadler walked it back later in the day, his original statement was corroborated by Dianne Feinstein.
Original Story: 6/16/13: The National Security Agency revealed in a secret briefing that all it takes for them to listen in on a phone call is an analyst’s decision to do it. There are potentially thousands of these analysts. This might also apply to our e-mails and other communications.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler disclosed Thursday that during a secret briefing to members of Congress he was told a court order is not needed for NSA analysts to listen in on domestic phone calls.
Nadler, who serves on the House Judiciary Committee, said that it only takes an analyst’s decision “to listen to the phone,” without any other legal authorization required. Nadler said he “was rather startled” by the news.
The federal surveillance law that is potentially being interpreted by NSA to allow eavesdropping is the same law that applies to other communications like e-mails and other messages we send over the Internet.
Edward Snowden, the former NSA analyst and leaker, said that he could “wiretap anyone from you or your accountant to a federal judge to even the president.
I don’t know if Edward Snowden is a traitor or not, but he might have done us all a favor by leaking information about the government domestic spying programs.
Rep. Mike Rogers, the head of the House intelligence committee, said NSA is not listening in on phone calls and it would be illegal to do so.
If that isn’t enough, the Washington Post exposed another top-secret (well, not anymore) program Saturday called NUCLEON which intercepts phone calls and transmits the “spoken words” to a database!
Read the full story at cnet news