Cole made the revelation while defending the National Security Agency against revelations that it collected and stored the phone records of innocent Americans. The use of such records are supposed to be limited to foreigners being targeted by an approved investigation, but sometimes, Cole says, "A wrong phone number is hit or a person who shouldn't have been targeted gets targeted because there's a mistake in the phone record."
The problem is not that the NSA makes the occasional mistake by looking at metadata information on the wrong people. The problem is that the NSA is collecting that information on everyone within its own database in the first place.
An occasional mistake is understandable.
An indiscriminate collection program is unforgivable.
This entry was published Thu Jun 20 01:54:00 CDT 2013 by TriggerFinger
and last updated 2013-06-20 01:54:00.0.