NSA Admits It Can Listen to Domestic Calls Without Warrants

Can likely read e-mails and text messages too


The National Security Agency has acknowledged in a new classified briefing that it does not need court authorization to listen to domestic phone calls.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat, disclosed this week that during a secret briefing to members of Congress, he was told that the contents of a phone call could be accessed "simply based on an analyst deciding that."

If the NSA wants "to listen to the phone," an analyst's decision is sufficient, without any other legal authorization required, Nadler said he learned. "I was rather startled," said Nadler, an attorney who serves on the House Judiciary committee.

Not only does this disclosure shed more light on how the NSA's formidable eavesdropping apparatus works domestically, it suggests the Justice Department has secretly interpreted federal surveillance law to permit thousands of low-ranking analysts to eavesdrop on phone calls.

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  1. …”contents of a phone call could be accessed “simply based on an analyst deciding that.”…

    IOWs, exactly as Snowden claimed, and as was denied by Obozo and every other damn sleaze-bag apologist.
    Hey, Obozo, where’s that ‘oversight’?

  2. Lie until you get caught, then say “yeah, I was lying before, but I’m telling the truth about this next thing!”.
    Repeat ad infinitum. It’s amazingly effective.

  3. This information has to repeated over and over again and used to highlight every lie that has been told by the govt and its apologists. The NSA just released some bullshit about only looking at 300 phone records to try and show that the snooping is no big deal. How many times have these NSA contractors listened to phone conversations?

  4. From OhBumma! to the lowest peon, they have all lost all credibility. If they say a million they mean a trillion, if they say one in a million, they mean ‘all but one’.

    Impeachment for the prez, and criminal trials for the rest (I’d bring the Clown in Chief up on charges too , but he’s protected by the Constitution since he could claim that this is all being done as part of his official duties.)

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