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NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds
Washington Post ^ | Thursday August 13, 2013

Posted on 08/15/2013 6:42:52 PM PDT by Bigtigermike

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 law 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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The NSA audit obtained by The Post, dated May 2012, counted 2,776 incidents in the preceding 12 months of unauthorized collection, storage, access to or distribution of legally protected communications. Most were unintended. Many involved failures of due diligence or violations of standard operating procedure. The most serious incidents included a violation of a court order and unauthorized use of data about more than 3,000 Americans and green-card holders.

(Excerpt) Read more at m.washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: benghazi; fastandfurious; impeachnow; irs; nsa; nsaleaks; nsascandal; obama; spying
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Hmmmm!
1 posted on 08/15/2013 6:42:52 PM PDT by Bigtigermike
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To: Bigtigermike

Cue Casablanca pic!


2 posted on 08/15/2013 6:43:55 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Red in Blue PA
do I really have to say it???

3 posted on 08/15/2013 6:44:43 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Bigtigermike

Per year or per day?


4 posted on 08/15/2013 6:45:25 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Bigtigermike

The only surprise here is that the Wapo reports it.


5 posted on 08/15/2013 6:47:48 PM PDT by Venturer ( cowardice posturing as tolerance =political correctness)
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To: Bigtigermike
Welcome to Panopticonia.
6 posted on 08/15/2013 6:47:54 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (This message has been recorded but not approved by Obama's StasiNet. Read it at your peril.)
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To: Venturer

Bezo’s ?


7 posted on 08/15/2013 6:48:47 PM PDT by Zeneta (No eternal reward will forgive us now for wasting the dawn.)
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To: Bigtigermike

According to Barry the only problem is idiotic Americans don’t trust their government. He’s gonna get on a bus and fix that though.


8 posted on 08/15/2013 6:51:12 PM PDT by DManA
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9 posted on 08/15/2013 6:54:19 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Bigtigermike

The W Post characterized all these Obama-era NSA spying incidents as innocent mistakes. Yeaaaah, riiiight.....


10 posted on 08/15/2013 6:55:01 PM PDT by citizen (We get the government we choose. America either voted for Obama or handed it to him by not voting.)
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To: Bigtigermike; COUNTrecount; Nowhere Man; FightThePower!; C. Edmund Wright; jacob allen; ...

Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping!

To get onto The Nut-job Conspiracy Theory Ping List you must threaten to report me to the Mods if I don’t add you to the list...

11 posted on 08/15/2013 7:01:07 PM PDT by null and void (Frequent terrorist attacks OR endless government snooping and oppression? We can have both!)
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To: Bigtigermike

Rulz or Laws?


12 posted on 08/15/2013 7:03:52 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Bigtigermike

Ahhh... 2008 when Nancy Pelosi and the Dems ran Congress.


13 posted on 08/15/2013 7:08:01 PM PDT by mylife (Ted Cruz understands the law, and he does not fear the unlawful.)
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To: null and void
Guess what's developed: Edward Snowden forced the Kenyan's Fed to fess up!

"Patriot" OR "Traitor"? Seriously??

14 posted on 08/15/2013 7:09:07 PM PDT by USS Johnston (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. ~ Edmund Burke)
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To: Bigtigermike
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.

"Overstepping its legal authority" = committing criminal acts.

The US government is now functioning as a criminal organization.

15 posted on 08/15/2013 7:15:03 PM PDT by Jeff Winston
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To: Bigtigermike

But it’s for security. We must give up all of our Constitutional rights for the illusion of security!


16 posted on 08/15/2013 7:16:51 PM PDT by ConservativeTeen (Proud Right Wing Extremist)
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To: ConservativeTeen

But it’s for security. We must give up all of our Constitutional rights for the illusion of security!


More than a couple FReepers actually believe/support that.


17 posted on 08/15/2013 7:20:12 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: Bigtigermike

“Every now and then, there may be a mistake,” Cole said in congressional testimony.


Thats how thousands of times per year is defined,,,a mistake every now and then.


18 posted on 08/15/2013 7:22:42 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: Bigtigermike

Just a little fish food to distract the guppies from the massive amount of internal data gathering which includes the contents of all calls, emails, electronic and financial transactions, etc.


19 posted on 08/15/2013 7:28:06 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (The only growth industries left under Progressives are government and poverty.)
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To: Bigtigermike

And who’s going to do something? Nobody.


20 posted on 08/15/2013 7:30:03 PM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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To: Bigtigermike

How many ordinary conservative citizens would be allowed to get away with committing crimes if they were all just innocent mistakes? /rhetorical


21 posted on 08/15/2013 7:42:10 PM PDT by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: chessplayer

Extrapolating and/or parsing...

If 3000 is a few times, then they must be checking a vast amount of people overall in order to make 3000 erroneous wiretaps/email scans/ data mining excursions appear to be miniscule in comparison.


22 posted on 08/15/2013 7:42:52 PM PDT by jurroppi1
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To: Bigtigermike
In one 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.

They're all liars.

23 posted on 08/15/2013 7:52:21 PM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Bigtigermike

Impeachment File on Communist, Benghazi Coward “B. Hussein Obama,” formerly known as Barry Soetoro, currently a Legal Citizen of the Sovereign Nation of Indonesia.


24 posted on 08/15/2013 8:03:18 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Commune-Style Obama'care' violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: null and void

that’s muh story and I am sticking to it


25 posted on 08/15/2013 8:03:57 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: USS Johnston
"Patriot" OR "Traitor"? Seriously??

Here's a whole thread where FReepers were fighting having serious discussions about that question.

26 posted on 08/15/2013 8:20:01 PM PDT by upchuck (My therapist says I have a preoccupation with vengeance. We'll see about that!)
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To: upchuck
Here's a whole thread where FReepers were fighting having serious discussions about that question.

Engaged in a few scrums myself.

ANY whistleblower who exposes the systematic abuse of the USCON and 0buma's Regime is a "Patriot" to me.

27 posted on 08/15/2013 8:30:15 PM PDT by USS Johnston (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. ~ Edmund Burke)
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To: Jeff Winston
The US government is now functioning as a criminal organization.

It SHOULD investigate and book itself under the RICO Act.

28 posted on 08/15/2013 8:32:07 PM PDT by USS Johnston (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. ~ Edmund Burke)
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To: Venturer

WaPo reports it, with a dismissive slant on multiple occasions = probable spin management to immunize a revelation that was due to come out anyway.

An old tactic from the Clinton Machine days.


29 posted on 08/15/2013 10:07:17 PM PDT by dagogo redux (A whiff of primitive spirits in the air, harbingers of an impending descent into the feral.)
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To: Bigtigermike
The NSA audit obtained by The Post, dated May 2012, counted 2,776 incidents in the preceding 12 months of unauthorized collection, storage, access to or distribution of legally protected communications ... The most serious incidents included a violation of a court order and unauthorized use of data about more than 3,000 Americans and green-card holders.



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30 posted on 08/15/2013 11:21:07 PM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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The NSA audit obtained by The Post, dated May 2012, counted 2,776 incidents in the preceding 12 months of unauthorized collection, storage, access to or distribution of legally protected communications ... The most serious incidents included a violation of a court order and unauthorized use of data about more than 3,000 Americans and green-card holders.



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31 posted on 08/15/2013 11:22:14 PM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: Bigtigermike

I guess Prez Snoop Dog was playing cards with Reggie. One things for sure he’s dealing the BS from the bottom of the deck.


32 posted on 08/15/2013 11:49:08 PM PDT by Steelers6
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>> since Congress granted the agency broad new powers

Yet Congress has no culpability....


33 posted on 08/16/2013 12:01:14 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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"In one 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."



- There is only one person that could give that order -


- Remember - if you dispute this - you are a filthy racist
and you will be banned for life from working as a rodeo clown -




34 posted on 08/16/2013 12:49:08 AM PDT by devolve (----- ----- ----- it not unlegal iffen I do`s it ----- ----- -----)
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To: chessplayer

And this is what is costing the “conservative” movement all of its credibility. All of it.

When people justify the breaking of the law by the government, be it for “security” or convenience, they become traitors to the US Constitution.


35 posted on 08/16/2013 1:28:30 AM PDT by NVDave
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To: Bigtigermike

Remembering that were it not for Edward Snowden blowing the whistle, there would’ve been NO discovery of this.


36 posted on 08/16/2013 5:13:14 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If you don't care about Antonio Santiago, sure as hell don't whine about Trayvon Martin.)
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To: chessplayer

The gubmint is free to listen to your phone calls and read your emails ...since these were not around at the time the 4th Amendment was incorporated. (wearing my leftard hat)

And apparently that’s how The Regime reads it:

Justice Department Expands Hunt for Data on Cellphones
http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/26/justice-department-expands-hunt-for-data-on-cellphones/

Obama’s NSA eavesdropping goes beyond that of Bush... after campaigning on the promise of: “ No warrantless wiretaps if you elect me!”

http://news.cnet.com/8301-10784_3-9845595-7.html

headlines read:” NSA Exceeds Legal Limits In Eavesdropping Program” , “ U.S. phone intercepts go beyond legal limits” , and “NSA Found Improperly Spying on Americans”.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123985123667923961.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

http://uk.reuters.com/article/burningIssues/idUKTRE53F09820090416

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/04/15/justice-dept-nsa-improperly-spied-americans/


37 posted on 08/16/2013 5:31:32 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: Bigtigermike

Just gets worse and worse each passing day.

Where is Congress on this?


38 posted on 08/16/2013 6:33:59 AM PDT by servantboy777
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To: USS Johnston

It’s kinda ugly how all this played out, but I am soooo thankful that Snowden finally validated what many already knew yet vilified when spoken of.


39 posted on 08/16/2013 6:35:37 AM PDT by servantboy777
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To: Jeff Winston
he US government is now functioning as a criminal organization.

I hope you didn't just know figure this out!!!!

Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto

Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America
40 posted on 08/16/2013 7:01:12 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: servantboy777
Just gets worse and worse each passing day. Where is Congress on this?

The Senate takes marching orders from the Office of King so they will never rise up against that office. The Weeper of the House is a SURRENDER MONEY and America put him in that role 2x - God must have another plan that we have not yet been allowed to see. That is the only way I can figure this out because it utterly makes no sense - most Americans I know are not this stupid. We have had a bloodless coup.
41 posted on 08/16/2013 7:04:55 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: lonevoice

Such scary times are these.


42 posted on 08/16/2013 7:40:07 AM PDT by Pride in the USA
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To: servantboy777
I am soooo thankful that Snowden finally validated what many already knew yet vilified when spoken of.

Amen! We desperately need whistleblowers of this filthy, corrupt Regime to come forward. Violating the US Constitution at will is TREASON. Not exposing it.

43 posted on 08/16/2013 7:45:31 AM PDT by USS Johnston (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. ~ Edmund Burke)
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To: Red in Blue PA

You’re shocked... SHOCKED!!? ;-)


44 posted on 08/16/2013 7:47:59 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Cheerio
The Senate takes marching orders from the Office of King so they will never rise up against that office.

I have a slightly different take; The NWO Syndicate of Power Brokers are the ones financing and doing the "ordering" within all three branches of government. Maintained US Sovereignty and the 2A are THE only things preventing a One World Government.

...It utterly makes no sense - most Americans I know are not this stupid. We have had a bloodless coup.

You are correct on both counts. The Final Stage of the charade is being played out as we are simply now awaiting the inevitable bloody punctuation, I'm afraid.

45 posted on 08/16/2013 7:52:40 AM PDT by USS Johnston (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. ~ Edmund Burke)
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To: NVDave
When people justify the breaking of the law by the government, be it for “security” or convenience, they become traitors to the US Constitution.

It's THAT simple (yet some refuse to or don't quite understand it.)

46 posted on 08/16/2013 7:54:37 AM PDT by USS Johnston (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. ~ Edmund Burke)
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To: Bigtigermike

Will the feds go after those who violated the court’s order and the Fourth Amendment as vigorously as they are going after Snowden? At least Snowden didn’t violate the Constitution, and his “crime” is much less egregious than the thousands of NSA employees who didn’t even bother to comply with the court’s order.


47 posted on 08/16/2013 9:49:26 AM PDT by AtlasStalled
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To: null and void

I’m curious as to how this report constitutes a ‘nut job conspiracy’?


48 posted on 08/16/2013 9:55:04 AM PDT by MeganC (A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don't have one, you'll never need one again.)
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To: USS Johnston
ANY whistleblower who exposes the systematic abuse of the USCON and 0buma's Regime is a "Patriot" to me.


49 posted on 08/16/2013 10:12:27 AM PDT by Old Sarge (Opinions are like orgasms: only mine count, and I couldn't care less if you have one...)
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To: MeganC
First off the N-JCT ping list is used for anything but truly nutty stuff. It is for those things that are true, or at least very probably, but crazy.

Things like illegal, unconstitutional governmental government actions that seek control over moral and law abiding citizens' lives fall firmly into that territory.

More so if a rational person would look at it and say:


50 posted on 08/16/2013 10:25:56 AM PDT by null and void (Frequent terrorist attacks OR endless government snooping and oppression? We can have both!)
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