More on the NSA


downloadThe Wall Street Journal has a new report detailing how the NSA can track 75% of all internet traffic as well as snaring and holding all email correspondence between Americans.

But the president told the American people something entirely different.

“We don’t have a domestic spying program… What we do have is some mechanisms that can track a phone number or an email address that is connected to a terrorist attack…That information is useful.” The President also said that the programs are “a critical component to counterterrorism,” but he knows that they revelations about the NSA programs have “raised a lot of questions for people.”

The Washington Post has yet another totally different report on the happenings in the NSA programs for Domestic Surveillance.

“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.”

This internal audit was not made public but was part of the treasure trove of information leaked to the American people by erstwhile data analyst, Edward Snowden.

“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 even accidentally can’t seem to get their story straight and after telling the Washington Post that they don’t tell the oversight people “everything.” When they realized what they’d said, the White House triednew organization to change their quotes. Luckily for the America people, the Post said “no dice.” Here’s the tacit admission of lying to their oversight.

“In one required tutorial, NSA collectors and analysts are taught to fill out oversight forms without giving “extraneous information” to “our FAA overseers.” FAA is a reference to the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, which granted broad new authorities to the NSA in exchange for regular audits from the Justice Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and periodic reports to Congress and the surveillance court. Using real-world examples, the “Target Analyst Rationale Instructions” explain how NSA employees should strip out details and substitute generic descriptions of the evidence and analysis behind their targeting choices.”

So we are being lied to left and right, and it is time that the American people said no more.  Enough is enough, and we do not deserve the kinds of rights violations this government is committing on the American people.  Time to get loud America.

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