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NSA: Some used spying power to snoop on lovers


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The National Security Agency's internal watchdog detailed a dozen instances in the past decade in which its employees intentionally misused the agency's surveillance power, in some cases to snoop on their love interests.

A letter from the NSA's inspector general responding to a request by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, lists the dozen incidents where the NSA's foreign intelligence collection systems were abused. The letter also says there are two additional incidents now under investigation and another allegation pending that may require an investigation.

At least six of the incidents were referred to the Justice Department for possible prosecution or additional action; none appear to have resulted in charges. The letter doesn't identify the employees.

Several of the cases involve so-called "Loveint" violations.

In one case, detailed by the NSA's watchdog, a civilian intelligence employee assigned overseas was found to have used the NSA's signals intelligence collection system to listen to the phone conversations on nine phone numbers belonging to foreign women from 1998 to 2003 without any valid reason. The signals intelligence system is used to spy on foreign targets for national security reasons.

The case began because a woman, a foreign national employed by the U.S. government, told another employee she suspected the man with whom she was in a sexual relationship was listening to her calls. The employee who misused the NSA's systems also incidentally collected the communications of a U.S. resident on two occasions, a move that requires a court warrant.







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TigerTattle
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And yet Keith Alexander, NSA Director, wants ALL American phone records collected

He thinks we the people should trust the gov't, even with these new abuses popping up every other day. After all, they're putting new regs and safeguards in place. eta: I think there's going to be a secret monitor of the secret court, so all is well.



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UGATiger26
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Well that's just dandy.

I'm assuming these employees have been fired?

I mean, the ramifications here are a little more serious than "Ted, you were late for work twice last week."

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The employee's infraction was referred to the Justice Department, but she resigned before she could be fired.


That's nice. At least the employees realize their jackassery.



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cwill
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This is shocking news....who woulda guessed something like this might happen....





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idlewatcher
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I'm assuming these employees have been fired?
get real






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GeauxxxTigers23
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Not gonna lie. I'd probably do it if I suspected something.





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heartbreakTiger
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but its for our own good





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Alahunter
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none appear to have resulted in charges


Absolutely ridiculous they weren't or haven't been charged.

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Between 1998 and 2003, a man listened to the phone conversations of nine different women, all of them foreigners. He got caught when a woman he was sleeping with started to suspect he was spying on her and notified U.S. authorities. On two occasions, he "incidentally collected the communications of a U.S. person." The man was suspended without pay, and resigned before further disciplinary action could be brought against him.


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In 2011, a woman used NSA surveillance facilities to spy on her "foreign-national boyfriend and other foreign nationals." She admitted that it "was her practice to enter foreign national phone numbers she obtained in social settings" into the NSA's surveillance system to "ensure that she was not talking to 'shady characters.' "


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In 2003, a man spied on his non-American girlfriend for a month to see whether she was "involved with any [local] government officials or other activities that might get [the man] in trouble." It's not clear if the surveillance involved intercepting telephone calls or just accessing calling records. He admitted his actions to investigators in 2005, but he was allowed to retire before disciplinary action was taken against him.


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In 2004, a woman admitted that she had spied on a "foreign telephone number she had discovered in her husband's cellular phone because she suspected that her husband had been unfaithful." The spying included intercepting call audio


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On his first day of access to the NSA's surveillance system, a man spied on six e-mail addresses belonging to an ex-girlfriend. The NSA caught him four days later. He claimed that he "wanted to practice on the system and had decided to use this former girlfriend's e-mail addresses." He claimed not to have read anyone's e-mail. He was demoted, assigned 45 days of extra work, lost half his pay for two months, and was denied a security clearance.






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vodkacop
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Lol loveint relations.





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CITWTT
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Winston thought he had a tough job working for Big Brother.





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