NSA Records Show Further Rule Breaking

NSA HQThe U.S. National Security Agency released declassified records that show the spy agency broke rules in targeting specific citizen’s telephone records, and then proceeded to hide it from the courts overseeing the operation.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper released the records Tuesday in response to a series of lawsuits filed by privacy groups. The documents cover the four years stretching from 2006 to 2009.

NSA Director Keith Alexander admitted in one of the declassified documents that the NSA went beyond the authorities yielded to the agency by the courts “and some of these inconsistencies were not recognized for more than two and a half years.”

What the director is referring to is the agency running phone numbers against databases from May 2006 to January 2009 without a reasonable expectation that those numbers were connected to terrorists. The NSA waited to report the violations until five days before President Obama was sworn in.

NSA officials were also found to illegally add phone numbers to a list that received close attention.

The NSA’s surveillance activities have fallen under close scrutiny after Edward Snowden, a contractor, released a bevy of classified NSA documents to the The Guardian and the Washington Post.

Clapper released the records on the eve of the 9/11 anniversary — the terrorist attach that has since motivated the intensive domestic search for terrorists and the next attack.

18 Comments on "NSA Records Show Further Rule Breaking"

  1. I can't believe we let this Edward Snowden guy get away, but I guess the Russians were always good at spying on us :-

  2. Robert Thiviergw | September 11, 2013 at 3:17 pm |

    LMAO, he helps privacy groups and the Senate address privacy issues and you want to hang him?

  3. NSA is giving Israel intel on American citizens…. Snowden is a good thing…

  4. just drink the friggin kool aid already. Israel is our only real ally. the NSA will only use intel to fight terror. and no one needs an ar-15 because the right to bear arms only covers muskets and stuff like that.

  5. Edward Snowden is a hero. Even if he disrupted "the greater good". Privacy of U.S. citizens is a right granted by The U.S. Constitution. Russia is now openly questioning the U.S. for human rights violations. Putin has shown leadership as a politician and showed up the current administration in the U.S. Finally, our corrupt Federal government is getting a piece of its own medicine. Apparently, those who got Barack Obama elected by voting fraud didn't consider the superior opposition he would face from outside the U.S.A. Peter Guild, Quincy, MA.

  6. If I had the money, I would offer a reward/bounty for Snowden. He may have had good intentions, but with the way he did it, he fucking marked himself a traitor that deserves to be shot!

  7. And….this is a durprise to whom?

  8. Totaly passing on the NSA's good or bad hobbies…

    Looking at that picture… The carparks for that building have a bigger footprint than the building.

    Haven't you people heard of multi level car parks???

    BUILD UP, sell the other car parks to other government agencies, or use it to build more NSA buildings to hold all the Laywers the NSA will have to employ to handle their naughtyness.

    It is almost criminal to waste land like that.
    Bet it isn't even pay parking?

  9. We as a nation need to "wake up" off our Jerry Springer sofa time and understand that we have lost our way as a nation of the people, by the people, for the people and now have an elite ruling class with an unelected 4th branch of government, the Ministry of Information, that is key in influencing the electoral process and creating public opinion through the dissemination of incredibly biased information. Because we already "have" lost our way, the NRA has to promote "Hunter's rights" because well more than a majority of the people understand that the "right for the people" to bear arms is for the sole purpose of holding a despotic government accountable. Also, in the day these words were penned into our Constitution, the muzzle loader you refer to was the state of the art weapon at the time and comfortably in the hands of the Militia, the Continental Army, and the people. Snowden is a whistle blower who should be protected for defending the people of these United States of America, against a tyrannical government that has for too long now overstepped its bounds, even though way too many of its citizens have been lulled to sleep.

  10. NSA -> 10 years -> SS ?

  11. I guess they want the freedom to be the next "Carlos Danger?"

  12. The liberals are trying to preserve your rights as well.

    And we Americans should relish our rights to redress grievences with the government, something that cannot be done in China or Russia.

  13. Another Voice | September 12, 2013 at 3:08 pm |

    So… it’s bad for Russia or China to read our emails, but good when our own government does the same thing? Those on this list who proclaim an intimate knowledge of our Constitution show how limited their understanding of wording and concepts really are. Our Constitution was written to limit or eliminate government intrusion into the citizen’s lives, writings, possessions, beliefs, etc.

  14. Another Voice | September 12, 2013 at 3:19 pm |
  15. Another Voice | September 12, 2013 at 3:22 pm |

    So… it’s bad for Russia or China to read our emails, but good when our own government does the same thing? Those on this list who proclaim an intimate knowledge of our Constitution show how limited their understanding of wording and concepts really are. Our Constitution was written to limit or eliminate government intrusion into the citizen’s lives, writings, possessions, beliefs, etc.

  16. NSA mission is "global monitoring, collection, decoding, translation and analysis of information and data for foreign intelligence and counterintelligence purposes." I'd say it is doing a pretty good job. It processes 1.7 BILLION emails and phone calls EACH DAY with automated software looking for patterns of communications between terrorists and other targets. If you think it is reading your shopping list you are failing miserably to understand the scale involved.

  17. I will make some comments to resolve the N.S.A. question.

    First do not believe the news you see on TV unless you absolutely know the facts yourself because you searched for them to find the real truth.

    example: General Clarke was given the list of the planned takeover of countries.

    Iraq,Aphganistan,Lybia,Syria and then Iran. Russia and China are slowly being surrounded with our military bases and they are aware of it..In recognition of this Putin flew to China and they signed a agreement to protect ea. other. Why wasn,t the Boston Chief of police notified about a potential terrorist threat before it happened. 1400 plus people were effected by the chemical attack in Syria but only 300 plus died not 1400. Why did this happen while congress was in recess ? And so on. Think on things you see on the news before you believe it . Thats all I have to say. Pardon for any misspelled words.

    Airplanes flying threw buildings caused cars to be turned over and flattened ????

  18. It is so hypacritical how the United States will go to such great lengths to gather information to "quote" Protect its people………But will allow the invation of an ununiformed army to walk across our borders. What a joke! ANOTHER If a person shoots and kills a pregnant woman they can be charged with a double murder BUT it is legal to have an abortion and kill a baby. Go figure. We need to look at where we came from , who we are , and what we are becoming. Merry Christmas? What does that mean? Black Friday …shopping? Just go out on your back porch at night and look up. WOW! GOD!

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