A new report Tuesday revealed that a watchdog group of the National Security Agency found that the agency is still breaking the rules when it comes to spying on American’s communications.
The NSA’s inspector general reported the discrepancies on Monday.
CNN reported, “The National Security Agency failed to follow both court-approved and internal procedures designed to prevent officials from using a controversial foreign surveillance law to inappropriately monitor Americans’ communications, the NSA inspector general found in a semi-annual report released on Monday.”
“Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act allows the US government to collect communications, such as emails and phone records, of foreigners on foreign soil without warrants,” the report continued.
“But while it broadly prohibits the intelligence community and law enforcement from targeting US persons, there is a loophole that allows the NSA and the CIA to query 702-gathered information for Americans’ records if ‘a query is reasonably likely to return foreign intelligence information,” CNN observed.
CNN then made clear that the watchdog group is concerned the NSA has disobeyed its own rules.
“Still, those searches are governed by a set of internal rules and procedures designed to protect Americans’ privacy and civil liberties,” CNN noted. “The inspector general ‘revealed a number of concerns involving [U.S. person] identifiers used as query terms against FISA Section 702 data,’ according to the report.”
The Fourth Amendment contained within the Bill of Rights in the U.S. Constitution protects all Americans against illegal searches and seizures.
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden reminded everyone that this recent discovery is nothing new. “This has happened year after year since the program began,” Snowden said of the CNN story.
Progressive journalist Glenn Greenwald wrote on Twitter, “Every couple years there is a new report documenting how either NSA or FBI violate the law routinely in how they spy on Americans but, for some reason, those who claim to be so devoted to the rule of law don’t seem to mind.”
“These are rogue, dangerous, undemocratic agencies,” he added.
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The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in 2020 that the mass surveillance program Snowden revealed was illegal
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