August 16th, 2013
07:05 AM ET
8 months ago

NSA broke privacy rules 'thousands of times each year,' report says

(CNN) - The NSA broke privacy rules "thousands of times each year" since 2008, The Washington Post reported Thursday, citing an internal audit and other documents.

Material was provided to the newspaper this summer by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

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  1. kirk

    Clearly Obama's fault. Can't take him.anywhere

    August 16, 2013 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    That is absolutely proven to be the case. The administration is spying on all Americans.......not for security, but rather for POLITICAL PURPOSES!

    That is totally clear.

    August 16, 2013 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  3. Gurgyl

    How about it broke when John Ashcraft introduced this patriot Act. Didn't he break? Nonsense.

    August 16, 2013 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  4. joxertheboxer

    Is anybody shocked about this? We need to clean house now Obama down Dem's and Rep's. The Gov. is so bloated and out of control.

    August 16, 2013 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  5. Malory Archer

    And they weren't doing it prior to 2008. Yeah, and maybe a monkey will fly out of my backside.

    August 16, 2013 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  6. Dixe

    I think there are so many lies and half truths that anything that is said must be concidered a lie until proven otherwise. We also find out the FICA COURT has no oversite ability but is really a rubber stamp process. They only have the word of liers to go on. We need a total investigation of the NAS and if they are not going to allow it do away with the whole system. We do not trust these people.

    August 16, 2013 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  7. ST

    Some folks must stop their nonsense of "privacy". What is the use of your privacy if you are not sure whether you will live tomorrow or the day after. I may sound a bit crazy saying: those who lost their lives in September, 2001, wished their privacy were taken away and be alive up to this moment.

    August 16, 2013 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  8. kirk

    Rick, please elaborate on your conspiracy theories, I just finished my novel and haven't picked out another yet

    August 16, 2013 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  9. GonzoinHouston

    The greatest threat in all this is not the abuses that have gone one, but rather the abuses that could come next. Based on the information gathered and the NSA's data-mining capability, it would be easy for the NSA to produce accurate lists of:

    Gun owners (heads up, 2nd Amendment fans!)
    Environmentalists
    Any political party or faction, or their supporters (Tea Party, quick, panic!)
    Any religious group.
    Survivalists
    Any fringe group and even the people who quietly support them.

    What could be done if we had a president who was half as dishonest as various people claim Obama is or W was? We need the NSA's efforts in counter-terrorism, but we also need some serious, non-political oversight of this power.

    August 16, 2013 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  10. Tony

    Running to communist China and Putin's Russia for shelter is not patriotism. If Snowden wants to live in a society where people are not under constant government surveillance, he went to the wrong countries.

    August 16, 2013 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  11. Data Driven

    "a variety of factors can cause the numbers of incidents to trend up or down from one quarter to the next."

    Oh, okay. I suppose when they upgrade their OS to Windows 8.1, it'll "trend up" again. While I'm sure the NSA boys work really hard to mitigate the incidents, the whole stupid thing is unConstitutional. When are we going to demand that the government stop spying on us without a warrant?

    August 16, 2013 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  12. ge

    only people that are up to know good are complaining ,better to be safe then sorry

    August 16, 2013 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  13. Wake up People!

    And this has only been going on since 2008???

    Oh Fox-lite your bias is showing in more ways than one this morning.

    August 16, 2013 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  14. kirk

    But I go to jail for just peekin a little .ha.you have no privacy and never will.look what people put on their social network

    August 16, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  15. Lynda/Minnesota

    "And this has only been going on since 2008???"

    Oh no ... not even close, Wake up. It's been going on since Reagan offered us his "star wars" technology as the next kingdom come. Has it gotten worse? Well, we ARE as a society using the intertubes more and more, so yes, Reagan would be in all his glory to see how far this brainstorm of his has come.

    August 16, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  16. Data Driven

    @ST,

    George Orwell argued that a life lived under incessant surveillance is no kind of life at all, and I for one agree with him. Read "1984" for more details.

    I respectfully suggest that if any "nonsense" needs to be "stopped", it's our entanglements in places where we don't belong. You bring up 9/11, and that's salient. Consider why it happened. Apart from being a horrific act of mass murder, it was also a political act. And how did our government respond? Not by reconsidering our imperialist foreign policy that engenders so many murderously fanatical enemies, oh no. Our response was more wars ... and the Patriot Act.

    "Oceania is at war with Eastasia. Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia." - Orwell, "1984"

    August 16, 2013 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  17. MaryM

    NSA, the only department of government that actually listens to the American People

    August 16, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  18. Steveo

    I see people are invoking Reagan and Bush. Question, is the NSA spying on us TODAY? Who is in charge, TODAY? How about we blame Gore, too? Didn't he invent the internet! We could blame Morse, too! That code of his laid the ground work for better communications!

    August 16, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  19. Steveo

    @MaryM

    NSA, the only department of government that actually listens to the American People
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    Good one MaryM!

    August 16, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  20. ST

    @ Data Driven
    Your message is well received. Good that you acknowledge that 9/11, 2001 was a Political Act. Hey, if that was the case, no any politician will allow this to happen again, inclunding taking measures like surveillance regardless of what you call "privacy", which am afraid to say it doesn't exist in the real sense. Just being created by some so that they feel they own something.

    August 16, 2013 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  21. Silence DoGood

    MaryM – best comment of the day award.

    August 16, 2013 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  22. Lynda/Minnesota

    Steveo
    I see people are invoking Reagan and Bush.
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    No, Steve. I am involving "we the citizens" for sitting back and allowing this to happen year after year with nary a word and then complaining like banshees when it happens on "the other sides" watch.

    Does this mean I will be voting for Rand Paul? Unlikely. Had Snowden kept quiet so too would have Rand Paul kept quite.

    August 16, 2013 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  23. Malory Archer

    Steveo

    I see people are invoking Reagan and Bush. Question, is the NSA spying on us TODAY? Who is in charge, TODAY?

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Riiiiight – because according to your ilk, it didn't matter when those guys were spying on us – and those of us who had the unmittigated gall to complain then were nothing but treasonous America haters who were against the troops and giving aid to "the enemy"! What has changed since then? What indeed......

    August 16, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  24. Steveo

    Lynda/Minnesota

    Steveo
    I see people are invoking Reagan and Bush.
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    No, Steve. I am involving "we the citizens" for sitting back and allowing this to happen year after year with nary a word and then complaining like banshees when it happens on "the other sides" watch.

    Does this mean I will be voting for Rand Paul? Unlikely. Had Snowden kept quiet so too would have Rand Paul kept quite
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    You are correct, we said nothing! We also re-elected these same folks! So, in a sense, we agreed with them! As far as voting in 2016, I need to see who is running and I need to hear platforms. I just have the sneaking feeling that regardless of who runs, not much will change!

    August 16, 2013 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  25. Sniffit

    "I see people are invoking Reagan and Bush. Question, is the NSA spying on us TODAY? Who is in charge, TODAY? "

    And yet again, you say something like this after trying to put blame for the Sequester solely on Obama for having suggested it, ignoring all that took place in the GOP-controlled House to make it a reality and the comments GOP leadership made saying how much they loved it? It appears convenience motivates your analyses.

    Fact: Nobody listened when we complained about Bush doing this crap and about the Patriot Act and FISA being enacted in the first place. The MSM even helped sell the freekin things by helping the demagogues broadcast their messages of fear.

    FACT: CNN and other MSM outlets did fluffy "interest" type pieces about Bush's data mining..."oh, isn't this interesting that they're collecting all these billions of data points? ooooh, I wonder how they store it all....and oh my gosh, however will the analyze it?" There was NO outrage back then, least of all from the MSM and GOP/conservatives, who were busy trying to use national security as their step-stool to permanent majority. NONE.

    August 16, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
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