Saturday, June 8, 2013

NSA Cataloguing Credit Cards Transactions; Also “Mistakenly” Intercepted Emails, Phone Calls of Americans


So tell me again how the NSA is only spying in the name of foreign intelligence if it is cataloguing date, time, location of my online and offline shopping habits and the items purchased? 
“The National Security Agency's monitoring of Americans includes customer records from the three major phone networks as well as emails and Web searches, and the agency also has cataloged credit-card transactions, said people familiar with the agency's activities.
The disclosure this week of an order by a secret U.S. court for Verizon Communications Inc.'s VZ +0.54% phone records set off the latest public discussion of the program. But people familiar with the NSA's operations said the initiative also encompasses phone-call data from AT&T Inc. T -1.01% and Sprint Nextel Corp., S -1.36% records from Internet-service providers and purchase information from credit-card providers….
… NSA also obtains access to data from Internet service providers on Internet use such as data about email or website visits, several former officials said. NSA has established similar relationships with credit-card companies, three former officials said.
It couldn't be determined if any of the Internet or credit-card arrangements are ongoing, as are the phone company efforts, or one-shot collection efforts. The credit-card firms, phone companies and NSA declined to comment for this article…”
So how is it that the NSA is reporting that they have intercepted the emails and telephone calls of Americans by accident?  H/t TheBlaze.
“At least some of the phone calls and emails were pulled from among the hundreds of millions stored by telecommunications companies as part of an NSA surveillance program. James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, Thursday night publicly acknowledged what he called ‘a sensitive intelligence collection program’ after its existence was disclosed by the Guardian newspaper….”

Ah, hem.
James Clapper?

“…Ret. Adm. Dennis Blair, who served as President Obama’s director of national intelligence in 2009 and 2010, said in one particular instance, analysts mistakenly entered ‘one digit wrong’ when collecting data on phone numbers and mined a significant amount of information on Americans with no terror ties.
After such a mistake, Justice Department officials reportedly had to report the errors to a secret national security court and destroy the data.
Another former senior official, who asked not to be identified, confirmed Blair’s recollection and said the incident created serious problems for the Justice Department, which represents the NSA before the federal judges on the secret court.
The judges ‘were really upset about this,’ said the former official. As a result, Attorney General Eric Holder pledged to the judges that the intelligence agencies would take steps to correct the problem as a condition of renewing the NSA’s surveillance program….
…Blair declined to say how many times the NSA had had to report the improper collection of information to the court, but indicated  it had happened more than once. A spokesman for current DNI Clapper declined comment…..”
Code words for B.S.:  “mistakenly entered ‘one digit wrong’” and “The judges ‘were really upset about this…”
The Obama administration is playing mind games and the B.S. has to stop.

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