NSA spying broke rules thousands of times, report says
Washington Post says rules broken repeatedly since 2008
“…The U.S. National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad powers in 2008, the Washington Post reports.
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. emails and telephone calls, the Post reported Thursday, citing an internal audit and other top-secret documents provided it earlier this summer from NSA leaker Edward Snowden, a former systems analyst with the agency.
In one of the documents, agency personnel are instructed to remove details and substitute more generic language in reports to the U.S. Justice Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.”
“These documents make it clear that not only are they listening to Americans’ communications and reading their emails, but they’re doing so even when the law doesn’t allow them to,” Abdo said in an interview with CBC’s The Lang & O’Leary Exchange….”
There are almost no limits on surveillance of foreigners if they are speaking about American affairs — that includes business deals — because of a 2008 law approved by the U.S., Abdo said…”