NSA agents are caught abusing power, spying on spouses or lovers


With great power comes great responsibility, but don’t tell that to the NSA agents who used the agency’s equipments to spy on their spouse or someone they have a crush on since high school. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the NSA actually admitted that some agents used NSA resources to spy for the purposes of love, which is called LOVEINT that stands for “love intelligence.” Luckily, the accused persons have been dealt with, though it is not certain if the victims were made aware of the problem.

Sometimes love makes a person do stupid things, however, with the “spy on the world” arsenal at the disposal of NSA agents, self-control is very important. One has to wonder, what if these agents were deliberately spying on strangers just for enjoyment? It gets clearer every day, that with the advancement of technology, we’re slowly losing our privacy in this world.

Snippet from the Wall Street Journal:

The LOVEINT violations involved overseas communications, officials said, such as spying on a partner or spouse. In each instance, the employee was punished either with an administrative action or termination.

[Senate intelligence committee chairperson Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.)] said “in most instances” the violations didn’t involve an American’s personal information. She added that she’s seen no evidence that any of the violations involved the use of NSA’s domestic surveillance infrastructure, which is governed by a law known as the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

We have to admit, this is very creepy. No longer is it safe to sext with your partner or talk dirty over the phone, because there might just be this NSA guy on the other end getting off from your heated conversation.

[via WSJ, image via Photo Dictionary]

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  • David Roper

    NSA, the body is in the trunk. Search is over…

  • Seamus McSeamus

    [@AT] At least in 1984 (when the movie is set), they would have had to physically bug your house. Today, they just tap into your smart phone’s microphone and listen in.

  • AT

    A few years back, there was a German movie called “The Lives of Others” aka “Das Leben der Anderen” http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0405094/

    Kinda puts the NSA into perspective.

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  • kevbo

    Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

  • thegreenwizard

    A friend of mine was working for the navy intelligence in the nineties, and they were intercepting phones call from their people stationed outside the US. As soon, a conversation from a couple was a little spicy, it was switched on the speaker phone so every one in the room could enjoy…

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    [@etim] You don’t need to click it every time. Do it once and you won’t see the bar again for 7 days. You need to refresh pages for it to take effect, or it will only work on pages you load AFTER you click the X. You need to allow dotTech to store cookies in your browser (if you have blocked it, unblock it) otherwise your setting won’t be saved.

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    [@JonE]Yup.Saw it, used it. I open up a lot of pages–I don’t wanna have to do an extra click every time.
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  • Seamus McSeamus

    Corruption and abuse of power within a US government agency? No way! Nothing like that has ever happened before!

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  • “With great power comes great corruption” is more like it, at least in the case of the NSA

  • Ashraf

    This is a perfect example of how NSA spying is good in theory and on paper. After all, who doesn’t want to be protected from terrorists and criminals? However, it has too much potential for abuse in reality.

  • etim

    This has been one of my biggest problems with all that NSA spying.
    With all those nerdy and marginally-adjusted “security and IT experts” having their fingers in the pie, abuses will flourish.
    It won’t be long before you’ll be able to buy the secrets of anybody out there.