No Surprise Here: NSA Abused Surveillance Powers

from the but-of-course-they-did dept

This will comes as little surprise to most people, but it turns out that the NSA has been abusing its surveillance powers, collecting significantly more information than they are allowed to by Congress. Of course, we got a hint of this last year when an NSA whistleblower revealed how the NSA regularly tracked information it wasn't supposed to be tracking. And, of course, we've yet to see a secretive gov't program yet that hasn't been abused in some way. National Security Letters? FBI abused it. Warrantless wiretapping? Abused. So we should certainly be questioning why the administration is claiming that there shouldn't be oversight over any such programs, when history has shown that they have been, and will continue to be, abused.

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    Bob, 16 Apr 2009 @ 11:38am

    Its beyond your pay grade

    There is a military slang term for talking about things that you don't really know about..."it's beyond your pay grade."

    You can call me an idiot, you can say I'm a fool, but the fact of the matter is, you're talking about something about which you don't know pertinent details.

    I'm sorry. Have you devised a way to identify and analyze relevant chatter between known and suspected terrorist operatives inside and outside of the country. Are you able to draw a correlation from that analysis to clear and present threats to national security?

    No? Then maybe you don't know what they should or should not be allowed to do, and maybe the news of the NSA's 'abuse' of power is spin created by the liberal media who has clearly decided what you should think about this particular topic.

    Or maybe they just know they can make a buck off of stupid fear mongers.

    Take it easy Dale Gribble, THEY are not out to get you.

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