It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
the Justice Department was due to file a court motion Friday in its effort to keep secret an 86-page court opinion that determined that the government had violated the spirit of federal surveillance laws and engaged in unconstitutional spying.
This important case—all the more relevant in the wake of this week's disclosures—was triggered after Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), a member of the Senate intelligence committee, started crying foul in 2011 about US government snooping. As a member of the intelligence committee, he had learned about domestic surveillance activity affecting American citizens that he believed was improper. He and Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), another intelligence committee member, raised only vague warnings about this data collection, because they could not reveal the details of the classified program that concerned them
Originally posted by Ex_CT2
reply to post by elouina
Oh my! Imagine my shock and surprise at this news!
I guess the lesson in this is that we should always take the word of habitual war criminals with a grain of salt....
Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) on Friday disputed a claim President Obama made at a press conference only moments earlier, when the president said that every member of Congress had been briefed on the National Security Agency’s (NSA) domestic phone surveillance program.
Merkley said only select members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees had been briefed on the program, and that he was only aware of it because he obtained “special permission” to review the pertinent documents after hearing about it second-hand.
Originally posted by MajorAce
Did the DOJ get James Rosen's Phone records from NSA Prism program ?
Originally posted by Rocker2013
You can call this a bump post if you like, but I'm pretty worried about why this massive news is not more important to Americans.
I keep looking at the "Recent Posts" list and there is hardly anything about the biggest story to hit the US in decades on there. Why are people more interested in talking about UFO's over a $cientology building than they are about a proven case of the "leader of the free world" becoming unaccountable to his own citizens?
The American president is now embroiled in a crisis that dwarfs almost any other we have seen in our lifetimes, he has defied the constitution of the United States and is using his special "privilege" to prevent having to face his own people over this, and no one seems too bothered about it!
I'm really starting to wonder if ATS is 80% teenager, 10% mod and 10% government agent.
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.
At least some of the phone calls and emails were pulled from among the hundreds of millions stored by telecommunications companies as part of an NSA surveillance program. James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, Thursday night publicly acknowledged what he called “a sensitive intelligence collection program” after its existence was disclosed by the Guardian newspaper.
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. The matter was reported to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, whose judges required that all the data be destroyed, he said.
The judges “were really upset about this,” said the former official. As a result, Attorney General Eric Holder pledged to the judges that the intelligence agencies would take steps to correct the problem as a condition of renewing the NSA’s surveillance program.
Exclusive: UK security agency GCHQ gaining information from world's biggest internet firms through US-run Prism programme................
UK gathering secret intelligence via covert NSA operation
The Obama administration has taken a first step toward opening a criminal investigation into the purported leaking of classified documents related to the federal government tracking Americans' phone calls and emails, a source familiar with the high-level discussions told Fox News on Saturday.