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If the Government Shuts Down, Who Will Spy on Americans?

By Alina Selyukh

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – At least a dozen U.S. National Security Agency employees have abused secret surveillance programs in the past decade, most often to spy on their significant others, according to the latest findings of the agency’s internal watchdog. In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s top Republican, Charles Grassley, NSA Inspector General George Ellard outlined 12 instances of “intentional misuse” of the agency’s intelligence gathering programs since January 1, 2003.

Grassley had asked the NSA internal watchdog to report on “intentional and willful” abuse of the NSA surveillance authority as public concerns mount over the vast scope of the U.S. government’s spying program. The agency’s operations have come under intense scrutiny since disclosures this spring by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden that the U.S. government collects far more Internet and telephone data than previously publicly known.

…”If you only focus on instances in which the NSA violated those laws, you’re missing the forest for the trees,” he said. “The bigger concern is not with willful violations of the law but rather with what the law itself allows.”

Read the Rest @ U.S. internal watchdog finds NSA workers spied on significant others – Yahoo News.
Related Article @ NSA reveals more about its spying efforts at home

And don’t forget, spying even on our friends…

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