NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds—Washington Post

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Today’s Washington Post reports that the National Security Agency violates (accidentally or otherwise) privacy regulations thousands of times a year. This is part of the dump that Edward Snowden acquired before he high-tailed it for Moscow, a fact wrapped in multiple layers of irony.

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.

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Interestingly, this follow-up tweet from the Post:

This NSA official told us he could be quoted here, then the White House asked us to edit his quotes. We declined. http://wapo.st/1eNMoMR

Meanwhile, according to another article, we are told “just trust us.” No.

The leader of the secret court that is supposed to provide critical oversight of the government’s vast spying programs said that its ability do so is limited and that it must trust the government to report when it improperly spies on Americans.

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