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NSA Says It Was All a Series of Mistakes.

Written by Gary North on August 19, 2013

The NSA bureaucrat in charge of compliance with federal law told reporters on Friday that the 2,700 violations reported by The Washington Post were the result of mistakes.

The NSA is having a PR problem with documents provided Edward Snowden before he arrived in Russia. The Post article indicated that the NSA is spying on Americans inside the USA.

CNN reported on the call. It did not say who initiated the call.

The story does not say how anyone knows that the man who made the call really is the senior official in charge.

Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman Sen. Dianne Feinstein, told the Post in a statement late Thursday night that her committee “can and should do more to independently verify that NSA’s operations are appropriate, and its reports of compliance incidents are accurate.” She did not say what the Committee can do or is likely to do, given the fact that its real budget not available to the committee.

Separately, an NSA new collection method went undiscovered by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for months. The court, which has authority over some of the agency’s operations, ruled it unconstitutional.

Responding to the Post’s story, the NSA said, “A variety of factors can cause the numbers of incidents to trend up or down from one quarter to the next.”

Factors can include implementation of new procedures, technology or software changes and expanded access.

“The one constant across all of the quarters is a persistent, dedicated effort to identify incidents or risks of incidents at the earliest possible moment, implement mitigation measures wherever possible, and drive the numbers down,” the agency said.

He offered no proof. He was not under oath. He was not speaking face-to-face.

“The NSA has zero tolerance for misconduct,” he said, noting that those who make repeated mistakes lose access to key databases. He did not say they get fired.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest offered a similar statement Friday, saying the NSA compliance office’s review reflects its commitment to abiding by the law and protecting people’s privacy.

Who is Mr. Earnest? How does he know this is true? Who makes these reviews?

Snowden is the source of the NSA’s problems. He provided evidence. Over half of the American public thinks he did wrong.

A CNN/ORC International survey released last month indicated that 52% of the public disapproved of Snowden’s actions, while 44% said they approved of the leaks. Fifty-four percent of those questioned in the poll said the government should attempt to bring Snowden back to the United States and prosecute him for his leaks.

The NSA has a majority of the voters on its side. The voters are content with the loss of privacy. They wants negative sanctions imposed on Snowden, not the NSA.

The NSA will simply hunker down. This will blow over soon enough. Eventually, the media will run out of leaked documents. Then it will be business as usual. Over half the public does not care.

Ron Paul nails it.

So although the numbers of Americans who have had their information intercepted in violation of NSA’s own rules seems large, it is actually miniscule compared to the huge volume of our communications they intercept in total!

Though it made for a sensational headline last week, the fact is these 2,776 “violations” over the course of one year are completely irrelevant. The millions and millions of “authorized” intercepts of our communications are all illegal — except for the very few carried out in pursuit of a validly-issued search warrant in accordance with the Fourth Amendment. That is the real story. Drawing our attention to the violations unfortunately sends the message that the “authorized” spying on us is nothing to be concerned about.

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13 thoughts on “NSA Says It Was All a Series of Mistakes.

  1. If the NSA is that incompetent and accident-prone, then shut it down.

  2. Who made this distinction? Are we willing to concede to having our rights being violated, so long as it's this agency doing it or that agency doing it? 4A says 'The right of the people to be secure against unreasonable searches shall not be violated' (my paraphrasing). This says that THE PEOPLE HAVE THIS RIGHT and it shall not be violated. It says nothing about "whether it shall be violated by an agency if their initials start with the letter "N". This is talking about the things that the government shall not do. Yet the government is doing those very things, in front of God and everyone.

  3. Ron Paul didn't vote for the Patriot act or NDAA….he's always been right
    All those who did should be voted out…..to try and say NOW that they had no idea this unconstitutional law wouldn't be abused is a joke.

  4. so the majority think Snowden should be prosecuted?
    Just goes to show how IGNORANT the American people are of the constitution.

  5. ForrestHorn says:

    "Over half the public does not care?"

    Are they by any chance the same ones who voted Obama into office?

  6. Personally, I think secession is the only option short of just waiting for the government to default and collapse, so we can start over with a better form of government that puts the American people first, second and third. As long as we have this highly centralized, bureaucratized model, they will never let a Ron Paul get near the nomination.

  7. If Jon Rappoport's suspicions about how profitable NSA's spying operations might be are right (hey, you've got all that high tech spying capability, why not use it on the banksters and Wall Street?–heck no, they've never thought of that, I'm sure), they don't NEED no stinking budget from Congress or anybody else. Except to make it look good, of course. Sort of like the fed gov and the income tax. If the IRS didn't collect the income tax, people might wonder where all the money was coming from. But I digress.

  8. HolyShirt says:

    How do we know 54% agree with NSA arrogance? Because CNN says so? Mainstream Media never lie? R.U. Stupid?

  9. David in MA says:

    "NSA Says It Was All a Series of Mistakes."
    Gee, maybe there are a few people in prison who should use this excuse.
    Golly Judge, it was all a series of mistakes…….can I leave now?

  10. stargazer says:

    Funding the NSA has simply been a long series of mistakes.

  11. 1baronrichsnot1 says:

    Boil us in a slowly rising water tempature in a kettle, we wont feel a thing. Wont even realize it until its too late! That's the way to boil a frog! Or an american patroit.

  12. The NSA is like the IRS. It's made so many mistakes that no one knows what the rules are any more.

    The mistake Congress made was in creating and funding these twin disasters.

  13. The second biggest mistake of all is the NSA , with the IRS being the first , and the BATF&E a close second behind Treasury Agents .