NSA misrepresented scope of data collection to secret court
August 21st, 2013
03:50 PM ET

NSA misrepresented scope of data collection to secret court

By Evan Perez

The Obama administration on Wednesday declassified opinions from a secret court that oversees government surveillance showing the National Security Agency was broadly collecting domestic Internet communications of Americans and misrepresenting the scope of that effort to the court.

The three opinions include one from October 2011 by U.S. District Judge John Bates, who scolded government lawyers that the NSA had, for the third time in less than three years, belatedly acknowledged it was collecting more data than it was legally allowed to.

The focus of the opinion was the government's admission that for three years, under its authority to monitor foreign communications, it had been collecting information beyond what it gets from Internet service providers, and included sets of data that were entirely domestic.

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  1. Parajumpers Outlaw M

    Apply to six separate colors.
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    September 21, 2013 at 2:43 am | Reply
  2. Nostradamus

    When the great king ::classifed:: ::classified:: ::classified:: ::classified::: ::Classified:: ::classified:: but if we follow these instructions everything will be fine.

    August 24, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Reply
  3. Gio

    It's sort of ironic.. as Germany becomes more and more democratic they become less and less like
    East Germany.. and us.. well...

    August 23, 2013 at 11:59 am | Reply
  4. Fghjgj Dfhk

    EVER NOTICE HOW WHEN NEWS STORIES BREAK YOU CAN FIND ARTICALS FROM THIRD PARTYS BUT AS SOON AS THE NEWS GETS READ THE REAL NEWS STARTS TO BE BLOCKED IN THE U.S. AND AFTER A FEW DAYS ALL YOU SEE AS A CITIZEN IS JEW & OR N-I-G-G-A STUFF–HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE...HMMM...

    August 22, 2013 at 4:42 pm | Reply
  5. Phelix Unger

    Surprise everyone, as usual the grown ups think they know best. Recently someone said emails and time on the internet are like the postcards of a different time. Everybody could see what you wrote, so this isn't new. As for politicians lying, crap they have been doing that as long as the oldest profession in the world has been around.

    August 22, 2013 at 10:24 am | Reply
  6. Working to finance the Middle East military welfare machine

    The American people will never really know the full scope of surveillance being performed. You really believe that all the current initiatives to get fiber optic quality internet out to rural areas is for the general public, industrial, and commerical benefit of the country. It's just going to open up another billion ways the government can surveil you in real time with digital quality. I used to be a skeptic, believing that the same government intelligence collection machine that I once supported while in the military would never be turned on it's own populace. Now, I wouldn't be surprised if the "Training" missions that the RC-135's, EP-3's, Army Signals Intelligence Corps and new reconnissance drones currently are actually conducting "Real World" ops against US citizens. Oh yeah, Snowden just scratched the surface.

    August 22, 2013 at 10:16 am | Reply
  7. innominate

    Some perspective – In 2000 the NSA's own in-house historian, Robert Hanyok, published an article in CRYPTOLOGIC QUARTERLY in which he revealed that in 1964 NSA withheld from congress the 90 percent of the SIGINT (signals intelligence) that not only failed to support but in fact contradicted LBJ's claim of an August 4 attack on the USS Maddox in the Gulf of Tonkin. Hanyok concluded congress would never have passed the Tonkin Gulf Resolution that launched the Vietnam War had they known NSA was grossly misrepresenting the evidence. Michael Hayden then saw to it that Hanyok's revelations remained TOP SECRET till after congress authorized force in Iraq (2002) and George Bush had been safely reelected, apparently in the belief that we and our elected representatives didn't have a need to know Iraq wouldn't be the first time a president launched a war on false pretenses.

    August 22, 2013 at 8:52 am | Reply
  8. Random

    Who cares. The NSA is watching you master bate. The NSA is ceiling cat. Now granted it would suck if they turned on your dual camera ipod touch camera to find you beatin the meat and patched it threw to the megatron in times square, while your entire extended family is having a reunion below, but who cares? If you do then don't act like u do online.

    August 21, 2013 at 9:54 pm | Reply
  9. George patton

    Why should this juicy tidbit surprise anyone here? Hats off to Edward Snowden for bringing this to light. Then again, the stupid Tea Partiers think that NSA should get a blank check and go on spying on us Americans as they always did!!!

    August 21, 2013 at 7:17 pm | Reply
  10. World Chaos News

    Reblogged this on World Chaos News.

    August 21, 2013 at 4:55 pm | Reply

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