According to one story by Michael Isikoff, National Investigative Correspondent for NBC News, the NSA occasionally makes an oopsie. No intent involved and no American should be alarmed because they may have been inadvertently put under 24/7 surveillance or added to a no fly list. No problem, it was only a mistake. You can trust them. Just because they are under the same presidential thumb as the IRS, EPA and DOJ should have no bearing on your confidence. There is no political involvement, honest.
It’s as easy to correct as an errant entry on your credit report, or proving to the IRS you didn’t work that extra job and neglect to report the income. The IRS will readily accept your claim for Earned Income Credit against that income for having seven kids, ‘cause they’re so forgiving.
The National Security Agency has at times mistakenly intercepted the private email messages and phone calls of Americans who had no link to terrorism, requiring Justice Department officials to report the errors to a secret national security court and destroy the data, according to two former U.S. intelligence officials.
Ret. Adm. Dennis Blair, who served as President Obama’s DNI in 2009 and 2010, told NBC News that, in one instance in 2009, analysts entered a phone number into agency computers and “put one digit wrong”, and mined a large volume of information about Americans with no connection to terror.
Over the past two years, in at least two postings on this site, I have written about the NSA data storage facility in Bluffdale, Utah. Below is a link to the most recent entry. Have some fun and follow the embedded links for an “E” ticket ride.
I believe 60 Minutes even did a piece on the spy compound in Bluffdale earlier this year. It’s not news that the NSA is, and has been, spying on U.S. citizens. Yes, I do believe some of it is for protection against terrorists. Then again, why are we sending military planes and tanks and $1.3 billion in annual aid to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt? Contradiction time!
Remember the phone call to your friend, Sarah, in London yesterday when you got a male voice with a thick middle-Eastern accent? Recognizing it must be a wrong number, you hung up right away. Well your call was made, just by coincidence, shortly before Mohammad called his brother, Abdul Ali, in Libya to chat. Within the hour, a bomb placed in a Tripoli shopping mall exploded killing 18 people and injuring over 40. Abdul Ali is a member of Al Queda.
You may have simply misdialed Sarah’s number by a digit, but you are now connected to a terrorist. Oops, sorry! Enjoy the TSA pat down next time you fly.