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 @ 5:23am

    Is it really a big deal

    How threatened are you that they can, and do listen in on your emails or phone calls? Google does it.

    Unless you have some reason to be tapped, no one is going to waste the time and money it would cost to do so... you're just not that interesting.

    The NSA (and other agencies) have a weighty task. We talking about some serious consequences for failure on their part, and unfortunately, those consequences directly effect our lives.

    Besides, even if they are surveillancing American citizens, they can't take action against a suspect without following due process -except for possibly extraordinary rendition, which is, by definition, extraordinary. And again, realistically, the stakes are pretty high, and they aren't going to risk the time, money, and bad pr for no reason.

    Bottom line: suck it up.

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