An audit of the National Security Agency (NSA) showed thousands of violations against the Fourth Amendment and our privacy. The Washington Post claims the White House tried to muzzle/edit WaPo’s reporting on the story. Among the violations, NSA employees were instructed to omit some information, use “generic” language in reports referring to the DOJ and the DNI (Director of National Intelligence), and at least one violation of court orders. The violations in the audit were counted from only one NSA facility/data collection center. WaPo received the information about the audit through Edward Snowden, now trying to stay out-of-the hands of the U.S. DOJ. and in temporary asylum in Moscow. Listen to any Progressive on this story and they boil it down to “typos,” in other words, NSA wasn’t really spying on you. They mis-typed a area code, and oh gosh…your phone number popped up and your call was mistakenly listened to or tracked.
The most transparent government ever:
The Obama administration referred all questions for this article [WaPo] to John DeLong, the NSA’s director of compliance, who answered questions freely in a 90-minute interview. DeLong and members of the NSA communications staff said he could be quoted “by name and title” on some of his answers after an unspecified internal review. The Post said it would not permit the editing of quotes. Two days later, White House and NSA spokesmen said that none of DeLong’s comments could be quoted on the record and sent instead a prepared statement in his name. The Post declines to accept the substitute language as quotations from DeLong. The statement is below. Read more
The “Unauthorized Collection Storage” audit totaled 2,776 “incidents of privacy invasion but only the Fort Meade, Maryland facility violations were counted. Government officials anonymously told WaPo the numbers would be “substantially” higher if we had a full audit.
The oversight staff at the NSA has quadrupled since significant violations were found in 2009. Nevertheless, “the rate of infractions increased throughout 2011 and early 2012.” An agency spokesman refused to comment if the number of infractions have continued to grow. Read more
View the actual audit, titled “Top Secret Report,” with names redacted by the Washington Post here.
The “Top Secret Report” refers to Executive Order 12333 says:
Agencies within the Intelligence Community are authorized to collect, retain or disseminate information concerning United States persons only in accordance with procedures established by the head of the agency concerned and approved by the Attorney General…
Therein lies the real problem. The Patriot Act has been misused and abused by the unscrupulous Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper and our current U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder. We cannot trust these people.