The NSA has overstepped its bounds and broke its own privacy rules thousands of times per year. They are spying on Americans and on communications within the United States.
According to an internal NSA audit, ‘Most of the infractions involve unauthorized surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the United States, both of which are restricted by law and executive order.’
Some violations are typographical and some are SIGNIFICANT violations of the law.
Deputy Attorney General James Cole described extensive safeguards and oversight that keep the agency in check when he testified before Congress. “Every now and then, there may be a mistake.”
Does thousands of times a year equate to ‘every now and then?’ How many times does it have to happen before we say enough?
The FISA court said that it has limited oversight abilities. It could be months before the FISA court finds out of some misdeed by the NSA – MONTHS! The chief judge of the FISA court relies on the government to tell them when it improperly spies!!!
The Patriot Act doesn’t permit any of this. We have a lawless administration.
Once a government gets so big it spies on its own people without pushback, it’s called tyranny!
The Washington Post broke the news this evening. Carol Leonnig of the Post said that the FISA court is at the mercy of the government when it polices them – it depends on what information they get from the government. Great!
Don’t worry, Mr. Obama is watching this all transpire from the golf course and will probably read about it in The Washington Post by morning. He can multi-task, but, as you know, he finds out about all of this from the newspapers when you and I find out.
Obama is ready to vote present on the issue. After his vacation, he is going on one of his fundraising bus tours in the Northeast.
None of this NSA misbehavior has anything to do with the tyrannical culture he has set up, I’m sure!
People applauded Mr. Obama’s end-runs around our Constitution because Congress didn’t cave to his demands. Are they still applauding I wonder?