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NSA unlawfully collected thousands e-mails by Americans ^

Posted on 08/22/2013 7:36:32 AM PDT by themoneytimes

According to latest declassified documents, the National Security Agency (NSA) unlawfully gathered thousands of e-mails and other electronic communications between Americans with no connection to terrorism annually over three years.

The U.S. Government on Wednesday released a secret court ruling that found the NSA’s surveillance sweep unconstitutional. It found how the spy agency had been tapping data from the Internet in an effort to collect foreign intelligence.

The documents were released after the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EEF), an advocacy group based in San Francisco, filed a lawsuit to a Freedom of Information Act.

The redacted 85-page opinion by the chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court states that until 2011, the NSA’s own calculations suggest the agency may have collected up to 56,000 "wholly domestic" communications by Americans each year.

The agency’s remit allowed it to gather and store communications with a foreign element that passes through the US connections but not those which are exclusively from within the US.

Slamming the NSA for misleading them on what exactly it was harboring, John D. Bates, the then chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court wrote in his October 3, 2011 opinion, "For the first time, the government has now advised the court that the volume and nature of the information it has been collecting is fundamentally different from what the court had been led to believe.

"The court is troubled that the government's revelations regarding NSA's acquisition of Internet transactions mark the third instance in less than three years in which the government has disclosed a substantial misrepresentation regarding the scope of a major collection programme.”

The NSA has changed its policies to avert the same mistake happening again, though it took the agency until 2012 to delete any of the domestic content it had unlawfully stored.

The agency is trying to assure observers that any irregularity was unintentional, not deliberate. “This was not in any respect an intentional or wholesale breach of privacy of American persons,” general council for the Office of the Director of the NSA Robert S. Litt III said today.

The privacy advocates are in no mood to be convinced. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has made it clear that they will continue to pressurize the US government to assign specific blame to those who were aware of the illegal surveillance taking place.

“EFF will keep fighting until the NSA’s domestic surveillance program is reined in,” the EFF‘s Mark Rumold said today, “federal surveillance laws are amended to prevent these kinds of abuse from happening in the future, and government officials are held accountable for their actions.”

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1 posted on 08/22/2013 7:36:32 AM PDT by themoneytimes
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To: themoneytimes

Erase thousands and replace with billions and you will have a number closer to the truth.

2 posted on 08/22/2013 7:41:15 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the people. T Jefferson)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

has anyone else noticed how the number of postings on freerepublic has taken a nose dive over the last few months? Why are people abandoning the sight all of a sudden? Is there another up somewhere they are moving too?

3 posted on 08/22/2013 7:42:22 AM PDT by Deathtomarxists (hillary's cankles smiled at me)
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To: themoneytimes

WRONG! NSA stands for National Spying (on) Americans.

4 posted on 08/22/2013 7:42:43 AM PDT by Graewoulf (Traitor John Roberts' Commune-Style Obama'care' violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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But, Obama tells us we should trust our government to do the right thing with the programs and data NSA is collecting.


Arif Alikhan, assistant secretary of Homeland Security for policy development;

Mohammed Elibiary, a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council;

Rashad Hussain, the U.S. special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference;

Salam al-Marayati, co-founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC);

Imam Mohamed Magid, president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA);

Eboo Patel, a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships.



Alikhan is a founder of the World Islamic Organization, which the magazine identifies as a Brotherhood “subsidiary.” It suggests that Alikhan was responsible for the “file of Islamic states” in the White House and that he provides the direct link between the Obama administration and the Arab Spring revolutions of 2011.

Elibiary, who has endorsed the ideas of radical Muslim Brotherhood luminary Sayyid Qutb, may have leaked secret materials contained in Department of Homeland Security databases, according to the magazine. He, however, denies having any connection with the Brotherhood. Elibiary also played a role in defining the Obama administration’s counterterrorism strategy, and the magazine asserts that Elibiary wrote the speech Obama gave when he told former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to leave power but offers no source or evidence for the claim.

Rashad Hussain maintained close ties with people and groups that it says comprise the Muslim Brotherhood network in America. This includes his participation in the June 2002 annual conference of the American Muslim Council, formerly headed by convicted terrorist financier Abdurahman Alamoudi. He also participated in the organizing committee of the Critical Islamic Reflection along with important figures of the American Muslim Brotherhood such as Jamal Barzinji,Hisham al-Talib and Yaqub Mirza.

Regarding al-Marayati, who has been among the most influential Muslim American leaders in recent years, the magazine draws connections between MPAC in the international Muslim Brotherhood infrastructure.

Magid heads ISNA, which was founded by Brotherhood members, was appointed by Obama in 2011 as an adviser to the Department of Homeland Security. The magazine says that has also given speeches and conferences on American Middle East policy at the State Department and offered advice to the FBI. Rose El-Youssef says Patel maintains a close relationship with Hani Ramadan, the grandson of Brotherhood founder Hasan al- Banna, and is a member of the Muslim Students Association, which it identifies as “a large Brotherhood organization.” --- source IPT>

5 posted on 08/22/2013 8:00:12 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Deathtomarxists

has anyone else noticed how the number of postings on freerepublic has taken a nose dive over the last few months? Why are people abandoning the sight all of a sudden? Is there another up somewhere they are moving too?

I think they are “going dark” as in they don’t feel safe posting anything anywhere anymore...

6 posted on 08/22/2013 10:39:17 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Graewoulf

Or: New Socialist America

7 posted on 08/22/2013 10:55:47 AM PDT by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam! 969)
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To: GraceG

This story is all lies- Dear Leader was on Leno and said The Regime is not spying on us.

8 posted on 08/22/2013 10:56:04 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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