We here at Eagle Rising have been pretty unanimous and unwavering in our distaste for the NSA programs that have stripped us of our liberties. It may seem like a small thing to some to have your emails, phone calls, and Internet activity recorded, scanned or studied, but it flies in the face of our freedom.
The NSA snooping on Americans violates parts of the 1st and 3rd amendment and then acts like the 4th Amendment doesn’t exist at all! I suggest that if the NSA and the Obama administration can simply walk over rights we have specifically outlined in the Bill of Rights… then all of our “rights” our simply an illusion. The government can do what it wants whenever it wants – and we are simply dumb sheep for pretending we ever had any rights to ourselves at all.
The Washington Post is now reporting that they’ve gotten their hands on some internal audits done by the NSA that show the agency has violated the rights of Americans thousands of times over the last year.
THOUSANDS OF TIMES.
Yeah, it totally sounds like the government is keeping a close eye on the folks who are keeping a close eye on us.
This is not the Soviet Union, folks! Our government agencies shouldn’t act like the KGB.
From the story:
“The most serious incidents included a violation of a court order and unauthorized use of data about more than 3,000 Americans and green-card holders. The number of records collected per incident, however, would potentially be high. For example, a single incident in February 2012, reports the publication, ‘involved the unlawful retention of 3,032 files that the surveillance court had ordered the NSA to destroy, according to the May 2012 audit. Each file contained an undisclosed number of telephone call records.’ In 2008, in another incident, a ‘large number of calls’ in Washington, D.C. were accidentally intercepted 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.”
Thousands of incidences… and each incidence could include thousands of breaches… the opportunity for corruption in the NSA program is disgusting. It’s amazing the price that we are willing to pay for the pretense of possible safety.
So, do you think anyone will be fired for these “mistakes?” Laughable. How about reprimanded? Doubtful. Perhaps a sternly worded memo will be issued.
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