FISC Chief Judge Reggie Walton Says Ability to Police US Spying Program Limited

 FISC Chief Judge Reggie Walton Says Ability to Police US Spying Program Limited

FISC Chief Judge Reggie Walton Says Ability to Police US Spying Program Limited

The National Security Agency’s violations are starting to make Edward Snowden seem like a true whistleblower and not as a leaker. The Washington Post posted a copy of the NSA’s report on privacy violations in the first quarter of 2012 and it is huge. I don’t understand why heads didn’t roll over Edward Snowden leaked thousands of pages of documents to the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald. Kinda makes President Obama look stupid saying there are safeguards in place to prevent such violations.

To make a bad situation worse, Reggie B. Walton, the chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) said the court “lacks the tools to independently verify how often the government’s surveillance breaks the court’s rules that aim to protect Americans’ privacy.” What? Didn’t President Obama say there are safeguards in place to prevent this mess?

Walton’s statement comes as the Washington Post obtained documents concerning an internal NSA audit identified 2,776 incidents or violations of FISA rules for the surveillance of Americans or foreign targets in the U.S. The question I keep asking is why no-one has been fired at the National Security Agency yet?

Most of the infractions involve unauthorized surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the United States, both of which are restricted by statute and executive order. They range from significant violations of law to typographical errors that resulted in unintended interception of U.S. e-mails and telephone calls.

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The NSA audit obtained by The Post, dated May 2012, counted 2,776 incidents in the preceding 12 months of unauthorized collection, storage, access to or distribution of legally protected communications. Most were unintended. Many involved failures of due diligence or violations of standard operating procedure. The most serious incidents included a violation of a court order and unauthorized use of data about more than 3,000 Americans and green-card holders.

In a statement in response to questions for this article, the NSA said it attempts to identify problems “at the earliest possible moment, implement mitigation measures wherever possible, and drive the numbers down.” The government was made aware of The Post’s intention to publish the documents that accompany this article online.

Some members of Congress are expressing concerns about this latest revelation. I wonder if they will still call for Edward Snowden’s head on a platter?

Sen. Leahy on NSA disclosures: ‘Using advanced surveillance technologies in secret demands close oversight and appropriate checks and balances, and the American people deserve no less than that.’ – via@NBCNews

Rep. Pelosi on report of NSA privacy violations: ‘Current laws governing NSA’s collection activities contain safeguards to ensure the protection of privacy and civil liberties’ – via @NBCNews

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 FISC Chief Judge Reggie Walton Says Ability to Police US Spying Program Limited
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    [quote]Kinda makes President Obama look stupid saying there are safeguards in place to prevent such violations.[/quote]

    Janet:

    Why the word “STUPID” applied to President Obama?

    FOR ME – I listened to President Obama’s words that represented the narrative that HE wanted the media and the American population to accept.

    We now have “corroborating evidence” that DOES NOT SQUARE with what President Obama said.

    Janet – I am less bothered with your ‘Obama Advocacy” – “Right Wing Attack Diversion Scheme” than I am with the fact that IT SEEMS LIKE you can’t see the difference between being “PRO-OBAMA” (Anti-Right-Wing) and SKEPTICAL OF THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT and its POWER to roll over AMERICANS and those who ARE NOT AMERICANS that are vulnerable to American Imperialist Power.

    I am happy that you did not STAND UP A REPUBLICAN in this story to tear him down – achieving a bit of satisfaction in doing so. The main forces that threaten to compromise the freedoms of Americans ARE CAREER EMPLOYEES. We can’t afford to allow Republican or Democratic loyalties to take our eyes off of these forces.