We are assured that no willful violations occurred

... but now we find out that of course willful violations occurred.
Some National Security Agency analysts deliberately ignored restrictions on their authority to spy on Americans multiple times in the past decade, contradicting Obama administration officials’ and lawmakers’ statements that no willful violations occurred.

They say one case per year over 10 years. But we've seem that they make thousands of "mistakes" per year, and we've seen that their official instructions are designed to make auditing difficult if not impossible.

It's also important to distinguish between people "not breaking the law" and "not doing anything wrong." The law authorizes surveillance that violates any reasonable reading of the 4th Amendment (and no, the FISA court is not reasonable). That does not mean that NSA employees never did anything wrong.

John Lott adds that if the NSA employees spied on their romantic interests often enough to give the practice a name ("LOVEINT"), it was happening pretty often, and not in a way that they felt pressured to keep it a secret.

This entry was published Mon Aug 26 12:07:51 CDT 2013 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2013-08-26 12:07:51.0. [Tweet]

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