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Old 10-13-2009, 06:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Matthew Jones View Post
Thats probably not the truth. I lived 15 minutes from NSA for 12 years and 2 years prior to that I lived just out of the buildings shadow on Fort Meade MD.
I know personally alot of people who have worked there. I have worked in the building along with alot of people I know. They are the largest employer in the state of MD.
Alot of people believe that because they have taps into communications lines and such that they have free rain to monitor you or anybody they want. Thats just not the truth. They have many FISA lawyers who file warrants and such continually. They aren't some black organization of people unchecked and unregulated. They primarily decode foreign communications and do linguistic work and the like...

Hi Matt, Seems to be a problem with some kind of "backroom" operation...

From: Obama Administration Accused Again of Concealing Bush-Era Crimes

Monday 12 October 2009

by: Matt Renner, t r u t h o u t | Report

The lawsuit centers around the Bush administration's surveillance programs, specifically the TSP, which was revealed by The New York Times in 2005. In defending the warrantless spying activities conducted by the NSA, the Bush administration said the TSP only allowed surveillance of electronic communications when one party is outside the United States and one party is suspected of being "a member or agent of al Qaeda or an associated terrorist organization," according to a letter from then-Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez.

The TSP was not administered or overseen by the special court set up by Congress to review secret surveillance activities. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) established the court as a check on the executive branch's power.

Under the TSP, the special FISA court was sidestepped, with shift supervisors at NSA - not judges in a courthouse - deciding who was an appropriate target for surveillance.

Whistleblowers have reported widespread abuse of this power.
According to reports and documents, the NSA spied on UN Security Council members in the run-up to the Iraq war. Whistleblowers say the NSA monitored the personal calls of aid workers, journalists and active-duty soldiers serving in Iraq (video). Technology expert Mark Klein says that the NSA was collecting massive amounts of data traffic that passed through a major data hub in San Francisco.

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