NSA officially admits employees illegally spied on loved ones


Remember a recent report that claimed several NSA employees spied on their loved ones? Yeah, well, the NSA has come out and confirmed these incidents. In other words, they really happened, and it proves the giving one agency this kind of power is asking for abuse. Make no mistake; there will always be that one employee who will want to break the rules and with access to powerful tools at their disposal… you can figure out the rest.

Apparently, a letter was sent to Senator Chuck Grassley that provides him with a full list of employees the NSA found to have willfully abused the tools given to them since 2003. We understand in total there was at least ten incidents, in which eight of the employees spied on their wives, husbands and girlfriends. The two other incidents are still under investigation, so we’re not sure what they have done.

Amazingly, one employee tapped into her boyfriend’s phone conversation because she thought he was cheating on her. She was later demoted from her position and given half pay for two months. Under all this pressure, this woman resigned, but we are inclined to believe she was forced to do so rather than make this decision herself. Or at least we hope so because demotion and half pay for two months isn’t punishment enough for breaking the law as set out in the Bill of Rights.

A second incident includes an employee who tapped into six email addresses belonging to a former girlfriend. The exciting part is, he did all this on the first day working for the NSA; unfortunately, we’re not sure of his fate.

Scared yet? You should be. It possible your wife or husband is watching your every move right now. Your best is to stay away from that dating website and refrain from visiting your favorite porn sites for someone is watching your every move.

As a side but related note, if you want to know how the NSA is capable of locating everyone, then watch the latest episode of SouthPark.

[via Senator Chuck Grassley]

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  • [@kevbo] Which is why someone needs to keep digging. Look at how long it took to discover the truth behind Watergate.

    “Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely” – Lord John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton (1834–1902) who also said “One who has total authority is very likely to abuse his position.”

    “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” 4th amendment in the Bill of Rights

    You will notice that nowhere in the 4th amendment are we guaranteed any freedom for our electronic communications. Well that’s natural, electrical communications didn’t exist then. However, the intent of the amendment is very plain. Our forefathers wanted it clear that the government has to show just cause, and go through legal procedures, to invade the privacy or seize anything belonging to Americans.

    We absolutely need that protection extended into the digital realm. I would be all for the government being able to do this, so long as we can be sure it is done legally, with probable cause and warrants. Otherwise, Big Brother is already here.

    As for them not telling us everything;

    “In a government press release, you have to read between the lies!” – paraphrased from the Shoe comic by Gary Brookins and Susie MacNelly ^_~

  • kevbo

    As with any type of government abuse and corruption, what we see (and what they admit to) is typically only the tip of the iceberg.