- Prison Planet.com - http://www.prisonplanet.com -
NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds
Posted By admin On August 16, 2013 @ 3:31 am In U.S. News | Comments Disabled
The Washington post 
August 16, 2013
The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit  and other top-secret documents.
Most of the infractions involve unauthorized surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the United States, both of which are restricted by statute and executive order. They range from significant violations of law to typographical errors that resulted in unintended interception of U.S. e-mails and telephone calls.
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. Inone 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.
Full story here. 
Article printed from Prison Planet.com: http://www.prisonplanet.com
URL to article: http://www.prisonplanet.com/nsa-broke-privacy-rules-thousands-of-times-per-year-audit-finds.html
URLs in this post:
 The Washington post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/nsa-broke-privacy-rules-thousands-of-times-per-year-audit-finds/2013/08/15/3310e554-05ca-11e3-a07f-49ddc7417125_story.html
 an internal audit: http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/page/national/nsa-report-on-privacy-violations-in-the-first-quarter-of-2012/395/
 one of the documents: http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/page/national/what-to-say-and-not-to-say-to-our-overseers/390/
 Uncontrolled by FISA court, NSA commits ‘thousands of privacy violations per year’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/uncontrolled-by-fisa-court-nsa-commits-thousands-of-privacy-violations-per-year.html
 NSA collected thousands of US internet communications ‘with no terror connection’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/nsa-collected-thousands-of-us-internet-communications-with-no-terror-connection.html
 Intelligence Court Rules Wiretapping Power Legal: http://www.prisonplanet.com/intelligence-court-rules-wiretapping-power-legal.html
 Internal IMF Audit Finds Bailout Fund Has Zero Credibility: http://www.prisonplanet.com/internal-imf-audit-finds-bailout-fund-has-zero-credibility.html
 Federal Judge Finds N.S.A. Wiretaps Were Illegal: http://www.prisonplanet.com/federal-judge-finds-n-s-a-wiretaps-were-illegal.html
Copyright © 2013 PrisonPlanet.com. All rights reserved.