Yes, the NSA Violated Surveillance Privacy Rules – at Least 2,776 Times

Now Surveilling AllNSA LogoThe Washington Post has the latest Edward Snowden-provided bombshell:

The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents.

Most of the infractions involve unauthorized surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the United States, both of which are restricted by law and executive order. They range from significant violations of law to typographical errors that resulted in unintended interception of U.S. e-mails and telephone calls.

The documents, provided earlier this summer to The Washington Post by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, include a level of detail and analysis that is not routinely shared with Congress or the special court that oversees surveillance. In one of the documents, agency personnel are instructed to remove details and substitute more generic language in reports to the Justice Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

In one instance, the NSA decided that it need not report the unintended surveillance of Americans. A notable example in 2008 was the interception of a “large number” of calls placed from Washington when a programming error confused U.S. area code 202 for 20, the international dialing code for Egypt, according to a “quality assurance” review that was not distributed to the NSA’s oversight staff.

We may now also know a little more detail about the one incident where the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court discovered the NSA violating the rules. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has sued to get this information, which is scheduled to be released next week.

In another case, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which has authority over some NSA operations, did not learn about a new collection method until it had been in operation for many months. The court ruled it unconstitutional.

So the NSA was not always informing the court of its actions. And yes, they improperly accessed content of communications:

[T]he more serious lapses include unauthorized access to intercepted communications, the distribution of protected content and the use of automated systems without built-in safeguards to prevent unlawful surveillance.

There's a lot of information in the story and I'm not going to make a mockery of fair use by quoting it all. Please read here. No doubt the fallout is going to be big on this one.

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  • Warrren||

    They make us safer you libertard! Derp derp derp derp!

  • April06||

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  • Dweebston||

    No doubt the fallout is going to be big on this one.

    More Congressional testimony from Clapper? Halfhearted calls for impeachment hearings? The left remains studiously silent on the Snowden Question?

  • prolefeed||

    Hmmm ... how many people working for the feds lost their jobs over the previous NSA scandals? (Not counting the whistleblowers like Snowden, of course)

    None?

    Anyone else think this trend will continue?

  • ||

    I want somebody to swing!

  • Len Bias||

    It still amazes me that Reason thinks anyone will really care or that anything will get done about it. They predict this for every scandal, and nothing ever happens. A few on the left may evoke token outrage, but they will be back by the 2014 mid-terms.

    What exactly has come of past scandals like this during the Obama Administration? Jon Stewart usually will give a passing mention of it, then proceed to bash some Republican that left the scene fives years ago as a way of compensating for questing the chosen one.

    I read the WSJ editorials sometimes (I know, I know) and Peggy Noonan always predicts some scandal that will be the downfall of the administration, and it never is.

    The left knows that turning on Obama means threatening ObamaCare, and nothing, I mean nothing, will stand in the way of the illusory fantasy of free health care.

  • Marc F Cheney||

    "Illusory fantasy"?

  • SugarFree||

    Trick fantasy is something whore do for money, Marc. Or cocaine.

  • Sevo||

    "No doubt the fallout is going to be big on this one."

    Sarc I presume.
    The TV talking heads will mumble something about further leaks, every other print rag will bury it under the fold on pg.8, assuming they still have that many pages.
    At the next news conference, Obama will say he wants to be clear about talking about having a discussion about...
    And shreek will jump up, stage left, and prance across our pages with pom-poms shouting 'BUUSH'!

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    Well now there's no way we can let the Rethuglitards win. Imagine a Rethuglitard with control of this NSA?
    /derp

  • Andrew S.||

    That's a lie. Obama told me that the NSA would never abuse their powers. Obama would never lie to us, would he? W... would he?

  • Dweebston||

    Stay Calm and Blame Bush.

  • Swiss Servator - past LTC(ret)||

    You must have found one of Shriek's T-Shirts?

  • LynchPin1477||

    No doubt the fallout is going to be big on this one.

    You're more optimistic than I am. I keep waiting for the "bombshell" reaction but it seems like most people treat these like belly flops.

  • playa manhattan||

    Video of armored Egyptian Police van falling off bridge while being attacked by mob:
    http://www.news.com.au/world-n.....6698113481

  • sticks||

  • Warrren||

    Relax citizen, nothing to worry about. After all everybody makes mistakes.

  • Ted S.||

    Just when you thought Frum couldn't be a bigger prick....

  • Gordilocks||

    I'm glad this sack of shit moved from our tax farm to yours. What a statist cocklicker.

  • Cytotoxic||

    Take. Him. Back.

  • Ted S.||

    "I'm from Canada. They think I'm slow, eh?"

  • SIV||

    I still don't "get" twitter.

    Why would anyone want to "follow" David Frum and and nothing in that tweet-string (or whatever the fuck you call it) is any better than the average brief blog comment. Dave Burge (Iowahawk) seems to be the only tweeter to have mastered the format.

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    Jose Canseco is pretty good too

  • Ted S.||

    I've never really gotten why people find Iowahawk so funny.

  • BiMonSciFiCon||

    He's not knee-slappingly funny. But he is biting and insightful at times, which is basically all you can ask for on twitter.

  • Generic Stranger||

    I suppose if you're a conservative he's funny. Kind of like that Day By Day cartoon.

    Every once in a while he does come up with something that's objectively funny, but those posts seem to be the exception.

  • Pro Libertate||

    I've enjoyed some of his stuff. He used to comment here with a decent amount of regularity.

  • Spiny Norman||

    The condescending tone is what makes it so masterful.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Well, one former Marine colonel, Peter Martino, has had about enough.

    In a rousing confrontation at a local council meeting in Concord, NH, he calls out his government for facilitating what he feels is a needless militarization of a domestic force.

    And he should know, he helped build one in Iraq.

    "We did everything we could to build the Iraqi Army, and I'm telling you right now, the Department of Homeland Security would kick their butts."

    "What we're doing here, and let's not kid about it, is we're building a domestic army and shrinking the military because the government is afraid of its own citizens ... "

  • General Butt Naked||

    He should keep quiet or the SWAT team is gonna let him down one last time.

  • Swiss Servator - past LTC(ret)||

    SWAT is recruiting from the Cleveland Browns?

  • Invisible Finger||

    "We did everything we could to build the Iraqi Army, and I'm telling you right now, the Department of Homeland Security would kick their butts."

    The DHS hasn't kicked ANYONE'S butt that was armed.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Here's the thing. Do citizens need militarized police for their safety? I see virtually no evidence for that.

    The militarization is so the police can shock and awe people into submission. It's that simple. Maybe many calling for that still are thinking in terms of "people" in the above meaning "criminals" or "suspects," but we all know where this kind of thing can go.

    We really should be fighting harder against federal law enforcement and, really, the expansion of federal criminal laws in general. Once we truly have a Minister of Police, it's all over.

  • Hyperion||

    That's some good stuff, thanks for the link!

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    Oh Chris Berman, go away.

  • Warrren||

    GO ALL THE WAY AWAY!

  • Ted S.||

    Don't you mean Chris "Stupid Asshole Whose Nickname Shtick Was Old 25 Years Ago" Berman?

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    Chargers preparing Chargers fans for another disappointing season.

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    I hear one San Diego resident wants Chargers as his pall bearers......

  • juris imprudent||

    Not with the way these guys fumble the ball...

  • Warrren||

    How do you hope to succeed without Norv Turner?

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Isn't "without Norv Turner" the first requirement of success?

  • Hyperion||

    What you do without Norvel Kruger, is this:

    If you make it to the playoffs, you occasionally win a game.

  • Tulpa (LAOL-VA)||

    As a Bears fan I am a bit worried: their third stringers who probably won't make the roster are slaughtering our third stringers who probably won't make the roster.

  • ||

    I don't follow hockey.

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    According to ESPN, it's only Monday.
    WILL THIS WEEK NEVER END?

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    Hope not - the end of the week means another Bok or Payne cartoon.

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    You do realize that those cartoons are really secret AQ communiqués, don't you?

  • Longtorso, Johnny||

    What is AQ trying to communicate with an endless series of faces with penises for noses?

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    those are targets man, targets!

  • Ted S.||

    Fuck ESPN. Tennis Channel was running Toronto/Montréal coverage all day long from Monday to Wednesday last week, and ditto with Cincinnati this week.

    ESPN comes in on Thursday and immediately gives us very limited coverage. And we get punished with the same few stars over and over.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Just like with political news, media outlets that are too worried about access or wanting to be on the inside suck.

    If I ever became a Ted Turner, starting my own networks, I set up both a sports and news network with a few major policies, the first being that we give up nothing for access, and we don't co-mingle with those we're covering.

  • ||

    Damnit, I was anticipating that the stomach pumping thread would be the last of the night and the de facto late nite links. Now I went and wasted too perfectly good links.

  • Heroic Mulatto||

    Patience is the most important clown ethic.

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    ha ha!

  • Tulpa (LAOL-VA)||

    Wait.... you're telling me Gen. Alexander lied to Black Hat when he explicitly said they had never spied on Americans? And that any NSA employees caught violating privacy policies would be immediately fired?

  • Ted S.||

    Always with the racist hats.

  • Voros McCracken||

    1,776 would seem to have been a more appropriate number.

  • Swiss Servator - past LTC(ret)||

    +1783

  • Cytotoxic||

    The tards at the WSJ will still start every article on this subject with 'even though the NSA hasn't broken any laws/committed any violations...'

  • Dweebston||

    Can't risk losing their White House press corps question allotment by appearing journalistic.

  • mashed potatoes||

    At least the comments at wapo are heartening. Unless it's just y'all clicking through the link

  • Hyperion||

    This is front page over at Huffpo, and even the Fluffpostians are turning against the NSA. But there is still occasional peak derptitude, like this"

    rotflmao...funny how you baggers forget the law was created bu bush in 2001 and made stronger in 2003 and exposed in 2006...bagger please your fake outrage is hilarious

    I think I found Shreekey at HuffPo...

  • Ted S.||

    Isn't the HuffPo commentariat almost entirely Shreeky sockpuppets?

  • Hyperion||

    For the most part, they are more stupider.

  • Ted S.||

    That's saying something.

    (I rarely visit HuffPo because it's an even worse memory hog than H&R. That too is saying something.)

  • MJGreen||

    The Bushpigs have taken over HuffPo??

  • Pro Libertate||

    Fine. I'm entirely groovy with impeaching Obama and others in his administration, then pursuing criminal charges against them and members of the Bush administration. Can this get bipartisan approval?

  • Ken Shultz||

    Evgeny Morozov was right!

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Net-.....610391063/

    He went around popping the internet-makes-freedom bubble at a time when everyone was high as a kite on twitter and Facebook having brought about the Arab Spring...

    He made an excellent case that authoritarian regimes can use the same technology to stifle speech and oppress dissidents; I just don't remember him pointing out that one of the regimes to watch out for was the United States government.

  • Cytotoxic||

    No he's not. This does not prove his point at all and might even work against it.

  • Ken Shultz||

    Whatchu talkin' about?

    His point is that communication technology is a double-edged sword, and I think he makes an excellent case.

    What part do you disagree with?

  • ||

    So any advice on how to prepare for the LSAT without shelling out $1000 I don't have for a preparatory course?

  • ||

    I bought a book, read it and did the practice tests in it. The bar exam is worth paying for a class for though.

  • playa manhattan||

    Ditto that. If you don't pass the bar the first time in this job market, you may as well give up...

  • ||

    Well I'm years away from doing that if I decide to pursue a law degree, so hopefully the job market is better then.

  • playa manhattan||

    Also, state school is your friend. I just paid off my wife's private law school loans (Loyola), and I was none too happy...

  • General Butt Naked||

    Dang, she bill you by the hour?

  • playa manhattan||

    No, but Wells Fargo was 9% on the private loans...

  • ||

    I don't know which loyola it was but they are all far more expensive than UT. Jesus.

  • playa manhattan||

    This one:
    http://www.lls.edu

  • Anonymous Coward||

    Buy the books, pay attention to the logic questions because those are what trip most people up. And remember that process of elimination doesn't work on the LSAT.

  • ||

    I'm definitely going to buy some books and study with a friend that took it last year.

    I'm looking at some of the argument analysis problems right now:

    A century in certain ways is like a life, and as the end
    of a century approaches, people behave toward that
    century much as someone who is nearing the end of
    life does toward that life. So just as people in their last
    years spend much time looking back on the events of
    their life, people at a century’s end _______.
    Which one of the following most logically completes
    the argument?
    (A) reminisce about their own lives
    (B) fear that their own lives are about to end
    (C) focus on what the next century will bring
    (D) become very interested in the history of the
    century just ending
    (E) reflect on how certain unfortunate events of the
    century could have been avoided

    My thinking has either E or D as the correct answer but I'm not sure. I'd hate to over-think this.

  • ||

    D. E has negative connotations which isn't implied at all in the rest of the text. The dying old man reflecting on their mistakes is a trope, they threw that out as a red herring.

  • Cytotoxic||

    Yeah it's D.

  • ||

    D was my first inclination, I have to learn not to second-guess myself.

  • ||

    That's one of the ways they try to make it difficult, put in answers that seem to make sense. What you need to remember is that you are being tested on only what is in the text, don't let yourself get influence by outside logic.

  • General Butt Naked||

    I'd go with D. The memories aren't mentioned in the opening of the sentence as being negative.

    I don't know.

    If you need help with the chemistry parts of the exam, I'm here for you.

  • Cytotoxic||

    WTFITS?

  • General Butt Naked||

    We're helping another young person go into the noble profession of law.

    Oh shit.

    THE ANSWER IS "C". ALL THE ANSWERS ARE "C"!

  • Anonymous Coward||

    Cut the kid a break. We all have to learn how the sausages are made the hard way. It's either Warty's basement, or law school.

  • Cytotoxic||

    If there's any microbiology/biochemistry, I might be able to help.

  • ||

    As my undergrad was in that I can assure you there is not. Most law students and lawyers can't even do basic algebra in my experience other than the few engineers planning to do patent law.

  • ||

    Taking a lot of practice tests after reading the book is really what you need to do. You'll get an idea of your score and progress. Really there's only so much you can improve after a certain level of scores. The last 20 points are harder and harder to get.

  • Anonymous Coward||

    D is the best answer. The question focuses more on the introspection that comes at the end of life as opposed to the fear of mortality.

  • Bill Dalasio||

    The answer is D.

    Actually, the funny thing is that law seems to be the province of those who went the humanities route in college. Yet, the logic portion of the LSAT always suggested to me that the STEM majors might actually make better lawyers.

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    The answers fall into certain patterns you just need to memorize.
    Accaca-Dabacca-Accacaca.
    Dacacca-Adada-Badacad
    etc.

  • bassjoe||

    Don't go to law school. You'll be happier for it.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Get the study guide and take practice tests. When I did it, you could purchase the previous tests, I think right up to the previous year. I got a perfect score (percentage-wise) on one of those, but ended up only around 90%, which knocked me out of the Ivy League running. Which means don't overdo it, I guess.

  • Anonymous Coward||

    No doubt the fallout is going to be big on this one.

    Yes, please hold your breath on that one, Shackford. Obama will call it a "phony scandal," Obama's cult will nod approvingly, Republicans will mumble something about security being more important than liberty, we'll sit here and bitch about it, and somewhere, a cop will shoot a dog.

    Business as usual.

  • Cytotoxic||

    Not for Obama's poll numbers it isn't. And yes that matters. He's gotta have mojo to pull an agenda and prevent his team from being devastated in the midterms.

  • MJGreen||

    Does he have an agenda any more? It seems like his only effort now is to salvage Obamacare.

    Immigration reform, whatever bullshit economic plan he comes up with, rofl climate change legislation? None of it will pass Congress.

  • Anonymous Coward||

    Never count out the Stupid Party. Right now, the Rockefeller Republicans and the Establishmentarians are wasting time and energy trying to shit on Rand Paul that they could be using positioning themselves for 2016.

    Meanwhile, Obama is trying to hold off the impending doom of Obamacare and secure his dubious legacy by making "transformative speeches" and fundraising. The Executive Branch will continue to step on our liberties while he plays with his toys.

    If TEAM Red has an ounce of sense, they're rallying cry will be "If You Want To Join Detroit, Vote Democrat."

  • Cyto||

    They clearly are not smart enough to pull that off. Instead their rallying cries will be "Protect Marriage!", "Secure the borders" and something about the flag....

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    There's a lack of protesting and harping around the IAAF Championships in Moscow.

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

    The RCMP are working with a New York-based production company to produce a reality TV show about policing in the North.

    Camera crews will be riding along with the cops and videotaping them on the job, in an attempt to give the public a clearer view of how and why officers do their jobs, said RCMP spokesman David Gilbert.

    Shooting for the show has already begun in Whitehorse, but the plan was raising concerns among community groups before anyone hit record.

    “The women’s centre is concerned. I’m concerned for the potential of a show like this,” said Hilary Aitken, program co-ordinator at the Victoria Faulker Women’s Centre.

    “I don’t think it can show the multitude and complexity of issues that women in our community are facing, especially the high rate of sexualized assault, domestic violence, alcohol abuse and the intricacies of those things, how they combine with sexism and racism and colonialism,” she said.
  • Almanian!||

    Wow...wow.

    Wow.

  • Warrren||

    Well girlie as long as you take your shirt off I don care if yer talkin.

  • wwhorton||

    That's nice, sweetheart. Dinner ready yet?

  • Almanian!||

    IF IT SAVE EVEN ONE LIFE IT'S WORTH IT! EVEN ONE LIFE!111!

  • Warrren||

    Save lives? It's a whole green-mushroom farm! Extra lives for everybody!

  • Anonymous Coward||

    Aging Queen Doubles-Down on Stupid:
    Dan Savage Defends Stoli Boycott, Compares Russians to Nazis about 70 Years Too Late

    Columnist Dan Savage appeared on All In with Chris Hayes Wednesday night to explain why he has been promoting a boycott of Russian vodka to protest that country’s new anti-gay laws. Hayes questioned the role that Russian vodka brands have in creating “Putin-promulgated laws that are targeting, heinously and unquestionably targeting–LGBT folks in Russia.”

    Savage said the goal of the boycott is to raise awareness about the laws by targeting “Russia’s most iconic product.” He objected to the fact that Hayes repeated the “lie” being pushed by the Stolichnaya that it is actually made in Latvia.

    Hayes conceded that Stoli is a “legitimate target of the boycott,” but said to him it looked like Savage was only using Russian vodka as a target “because it was a possible one to get, as opposed to the one that is responsible for what it going on there.”

    Remember kids: It doesn't matter whose ox is gored so long as Dan Savage gets to make his point. Latvian, Russian, they all look alike to him.

  • ||

    Pretty sure most people think of Smirnoff when they hear Russian vodka, but the Limeys own that brand and it isn't even bottled in Mother Russia.

  • Anonymous Coward||

    Neither is Stolinachya. Little does Danny know, there are two brands of Stoli: The Russian brand, which is not sold outside of Russia, and the Latvian brand, which is the one we all know and buy when Smirnoff is out.

    Russia's main exports are petroleum and natural gas. But Danny, being the simple-minded little pissant that he is sees vodka, thinks all vodka is Russian and says "Hey boyfriends! Let's show the Russians we mean business and boycott vodka!"

    Putin, meanwhile, is laughing his ass off.

  • Bill Dalasio||

    Like I've said before. He knows. He just doesn't give a shit. This isn't about changing the behavior of the Russian government. It's about publicity for Danny and establishing his authoritah as the "queen of duh gaze".

  • Warrren||

    HAHAHA

  • Almanian!||

    Jesus motherfucking Christ in Hell! I just saw an ad for the Michigan Renaissance Festival. That's still a thing? And it hasn't already happened?

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

  • Cytotoxic||

    Sounds like fun! We should arrange a HandR get together for a renaissance-in freedom!

  • playa manhattan||

    Loose wenches everywhere

  • Archduke Trousersenthusiast||

  • jorgeborges||

    Why are her ankles blurred out?

  • General Butt Naked||

    Dude that's russia, it's probably just one of the T-Stoli-1000s they use to round up buttfuckers. Dan Savage told me all about it after he advised a guy to break up with his GF if she didn't let him have a harem of girls shit on his face.

  • Stormy Dragon||

    They range from significant violations of law to typographical errors that resulted in unintended interception of U.S. e-mails and telephone calls.

    "It's not my fault that Buttle's heart condition didn't appear on Tuttle's file!"

  • ||

    67 year old great-grandmother the latest woman to accuse Bob Filner of sexual harassment

    A great-grandmother says Mayor Bob Filner asked her if she thought he could "go for eight hours." The woman is the 16th to come forward with claims of sexual harassment against the mayor.

    Peggy Shannon, 67, works part-time at San Diego City Hall's senior citizens service desk to supplement her Social Security income.

    "My co-workers and I would laugh about it, at first," Shannon said at a Thursday afternoon news conference.

    However, she said it got worse. Shannon said Filner grabbed and kissed her.

    "I knew he was engaged and I felt very shocked," she said. "On the day that Mayor Filner grabbed me and kissed me, I went home and cried."

  • widget||

    Mayor Benny Hill.

  • Anonymous Coward||

    Serious Man, that is an excellent post, but mine's is better:

    Sydney Leathers (of Weinergate fame) has a sex tape

    Stills

    I'm conflicted. I've done worse. Much worse. Unspeakably worse. Then again, between the bad ink, the rolls of back fat, and the horsey face, I don't think I can do anything with this film.

  • ||

    I can deal with a horse face on an otherwise great body and I can deal with a pretty face on a body that's not that great but acceptable.

    But a foot face on a woefully misshapen body...I don't think so.

  • General Butt Naked||

    She has a terrible ass and there just ain't any good goddamn excuse for that.

    A great ass can make up for everything and a terrible ass can ruin anything.

  • widget||

    I'm with you on the 'bad ink', otherwise I think she's hot. I don't get the '976' retro-sex the Wiener got hooked on. He's a progressive, right?

  • ||

    "I want the entire history of this device, from birth to abortion on my desk in 2 hours. I want the name of the tech who made it. I want to know who authorized its use, who checked it out from inventory, and for what purpose. And most important, how in God's green earth it got into Congressman Albert's hotel room! Listen people, everyone knows where this is going. If this was a legit op, and I can't imagine how it could be, then so be it. But if this was someone's unilateral wet dream, then that someone is going to prison."

    Heh. The notion that anyone at NSA actually cares is so 1998.

  • ||

    Francis Ford Coppola's 'The Conversation' is another great film about surveillance, albeit private sector surveillance.

  • widget||

  • ||

    Oh yeah, that one too.

  • widget||

    Angela Merkel grew up in East Germany. Maybe that's common knowledge, but it's news to me. Germans will lock their bedroom doors at night, even when there is only family present in the house.

    Germans get all giggly about Obama. That will pass, they'll still be Germans.

  • Pro Libertate||

    That was a great moment in time, with Zoetrope going strong and Coppola and other directors obsessed with telling great stories. In many ways, the Golden Age of film was in the 70s.

  • Warrren||

    The Daily Show covers that raisin kerfuffle that Reason covered some time back.

    http://www.thedailyshow.com/wa.....rs-lawsuit

  • Cytotoxic||

    John Oliver: like John Stewart, but British and actually funny and not just a smarmy POS.

  • ||

    Here's Oliver interviewing Rand Paul.

    Note that he mostly let's Rand speak without interruption, to the point that proggies got angry at Oliver for not smacking down Paul with Team Obama talking points.

  • MJGreen||

    Yep. Over at the AVClub, the reviewer criticizes Oliver because he was, "not as adept at thoroughly crushing opponents he disagrees with—Rand Paul strangely had the same kind of success that his father Ron did at getting his message out as a guest of Jon Stewart."

    That's what interviewing is all about, after all. Crushing the interviewee if they disagree with you. Allowing them to get their message out is clearly a failure.

  • Pro Libertate||

    Isn't that whole mindset odd? Interview someone so I can learn something about their views and/or the views they represent. I don't need some talking head of dubious qualification inserting his voice.

  • ||

    Breaking news: Barack Obama cheerleader Kal Penn is an authoritarian, bootlicking douchebag

  • Warrren||

    I'm stunned!

  • Faceless Commenter||

    Friday 4:45 EST is a scant 15 hours away. What's this week's Obamacare tweak gonna be?

  • Bruce Majors||

    Innocent #DC residents spied on by NSA "mistake" about 202 area code; Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton does nothing. Vote Libertarian!

  • sticks||

    What does innocent have to do with it? Would it be okay if it turns out everyone spied on is guilty of something? They probably are.

  • Bruce Majors||

    Eleanor Holmes Norton defended the GSA during its scandals, since her campaign PAC is funded by government contractors and unions, as well as developers. So don't expect her to stand up for the DC/202 area code residents "mistakenly" spied on.

  • Brian D||

    If they didn't want to be warrantlessly spied upon, they should't live in the United States! What is this, the land of the free or something?

  • Raston Bot||

    Well, this is heartening. Bezos calling the shots already?

    An NSA interview, rewritten

    The Obama administration referred all questions for this article to John DeLong, the NSA’s director of compliance, who answered questions freely in a 90-minute interview. DeLong and members of the NSA communications staff said he could be quoted “by name and title” on some of his answers after an unspecified internal review. The Post said it would not permit the editing of quotes. Two days later, White House and NSA spokesmen said that none of DeLong’s comments could be quoted on the record and sent instead a prepared statement in his name. The Post declines to accept the substitute language as quotations from DeLong. The statement is below.

  • Gilbert Martin||

    "The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents."

    But, but "America" has no desire to spy on ordinary people.

    His Royal Highness Barak the First told me so!

  • bassjoe||

    Reading through the comments, there is a lot of reflexive "Democrats are bad" commenting going on, simply shocked that left-leaning outlets like HuffPost aren't defending the NSA. Where exactly have you been? I mean, seriously.

    You DO realize that the recent vote in the House would not have been so close if it wasn't for substantial Democratic support, right? RIGHT?

    Also, as a reminder, most of the leaderships of BOTH parties were against the bill, as well as otherwise reflexive anti-Obama bots like Michelle Bachmann. This NSA scandal doesn't cut across normal Left/Right political allegiances or ideologies which nobody here seems to want to acknowledge.

    But, hey, continue thinking this is a Dem vs. Rep thing or a Left vs. Right thing, as your media masters -- who are complicit with the spying against your fellow citizens -- want you to. That will all but ensure nothing ever gets done.

  • triclops||

    This is a cut and paste job, if I have ever seen one.

  • ||

    "No doubt the fallout is going to be big on this one."

    Uh, okay.

  • DenverJay||

    Yawn...Apparently the public doesn't care. An earlier generation would have LITERALLY been up in arms. But if what we already knew wasn't enough to bring outrage and calls for investigation, impeachment, and executions, this latest chapter won't either. The 4th Amendment is effectively dead, which makes the 1st meaningless, and who recalls the 9th and 10th? At least you can own a handgun in Chicago and corporations can give money to the candidate who offers them the biggest Defense contracts. Let's see, whats left? The 5th died a decade ago, the 3rd is treated as a minor issue, the 6th has been allowed to rot with the blessing of defendants, the 7th is considered a nuisance, considered to apply only in some cases, and doesn't matter for plea bargains. The 8th is still used to appeal a death sentence, but is open to interpretation, and is an illusion anyway, since being sentenced to homosexual rape for minor crimes is what a prison term amounts to.
    I thought for a minute that the press would finally start doing their job when the news about the government spying on reporters broke, but they got over it pretty quick. And let's face it, if the media doesn't declare it a scandal, then the calls for action don't get very far, and soon marks one as a conspiracy theorist, given equal attention as the 9/11 Truthers and the John Birch Society. And every time what society accepts ratchets a little further towards totalitarianism, and the people get used to it little bit by little bit.

  • April06||

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  • LifeStrategies||

    And there's "robust" defense of the constitution in surveillance matters say the government... Right!

  • laurenrhoades||

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  • Larakris||

    like Thelma responded I am startled that a mother can make $6821 in a few weeks on the computer. did you look at this web sitego to this site home tab for more detail--- www.blue76.com

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