Some new details on the NSA’s domestic spying out today:
National Security Agency officials violated secret federal court orders authorizing the daily collection of domestic email and telephone data from hundreds of millions of Americans, according to previously top-secret documents made public Wednesday by the Obama administration.
The documents didn’t disclose specific details of the violations. But they said that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court imposed temporary restrictions on the programs after it learned of the violations until it was satisfied the NSA had revamped its procedures to conform to court requirements.
I love the “hundreds of millions” line. Since there are only around 300 million people in the US, I think we can safely say that everyone’s email, internet traffic and telephone calls are being intercepted and analyzed.
But my favorite part of the story is this response:
Several senior members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, when approached about the breaches, said they were aware of them but declined to answer questions about their nature.
“I don’t know why you need to ask me,” said the panel’s chairwoman, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.
Jeez, I don’t know, Dianne, maybe this is a good reason?