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NSA admits listening to U.S. phone calls without warrants

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Declan McCullagh
CNet [1]
June 16, 2013

The National Security Agency has acknowledged in a new classified briefing that it does not need court authorization to listen to domestic phone calls.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat, disclosed this week that during a secret briefing to members of Congress, he was told that the contents of a phone call could be accessed “simply based on an analyst deciding that.”

If the NSA wants “to listen to the phone,” an analyst’s decision is sufficient, without any other legal authorization required, Nadler said he learned. “I was rather startled,” said Nadler, an attorney and congressman who serves on the House Judiciary committee.

Not only does this disclosure shed more light on how the NSA’s formidable eavesdropping apparatus [2] works domestically, it also suggests the Justice Department has secretly interpreted federal surveillance law to permit thousands of low-ranking analysts to eavesdrop on phone calls.

Full article here [1]


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[1] CNet: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57589495-38/nsa-admits-listening-to-u.s-phone-calls-without-warrants/

[2] formidable eavesdropping apparatus: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57589012-38/nsa-surveillance-retrospective-at-t-verizon-never-denied-it/

[3] NSA Admits To Warrantless Wiretapping According To House Judiciary Committee Member: http://www.prisonplanet.com/nsa-admits-to-warrantless-wiretapping-according-to-house-judiciary-committee-member.html

[4] Glenn Greenwald: Even Low Level NSA Analysts Can Spy On Phone Calls And Emails: http://www.prisonplanet.com/glenn-greenwald-even-low-level-nsa-analysts-can-spy-on-phone-calls-and-emails.html

[5] Who’s listening to your calls? Met police track thousands of mobiles using covert surveillance system: http://www.prisonplanet.com/whos-listening-to-your-calls-met-police-track-thousands-of-mobiles-using-covert-surveillance-system.html

[6] Officials: NSA “mistakenly” intercepted emails, phone calls of innocent Americans: http://www.prisonplanet.com/officials-nsa-mistakenly-intercepted-emails-phone-calls-of-innocent-americans.html

[7] Australian Government Admits to Accessing People’s Private Telephone and Internet Records 5800 Times Every Week Without Warrants: http://www.prisonplanet.com/australian-government-admits-to-accessing-people%e2%80%99s-private-telephone-and-internet-records-5800-times-every-week-without-warrants.html

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