Snippet from story above:
"“The court finds that the government’s failure to ensure that responsible officials adequately understood the NSA’s alert list process, and to accurately report its implementation to the court, has prevented for more than two years both the government and the FISC from taking steps to remedy daily violations,” Walton wrote. "
Really disturbing, and shows how blatantly NSA officials, Senator Feinstein, and President Obama have been lying when they claim no serious or intentional violations.
Direct quote from President Obama:
"And if you look at the reports, even the disclosures that Mr. Snowden's put forward, all the stories that have been written, what you're not reading about is the government actually abusing these programs and, you know, listening in on people's phone calls or inappropriately reading people's emails." ~http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/transcript-president-obamas-august-9-2013-news-conference-at-the-white-house/2013/08/09/5a6c21e8-011c-11e3-9a3e-916de805f65d_story_4.htmlThen consider this tweet, https://twitter.com/csoghoian/status/377440206284406785:
"Ex-FBI general counsel Valerie Caproni, fan of surveillance backdoors, confirmed by Senate to be federal judge in NY. http://www.mainjustice.com/2013/09/10/senate-confirms-former-fbi-general-counsel-for-seat-on-u-s-district-court/ … "Note that Valerie Caproni was nominated by President Barack Obama, based on her excellent record in the FBI I assume, from Wikipedia
House Judiciary Committee Chair John Conyers, Jr's statement: "Today’s hearing showed that the FBI broke the law on telephone records privacy and the General Counsel’s Office, headed by Valerie Caproni, sanctioned it and must face consequences. I call upon FBI Director Mueller to take immediate action to punish those who violated the rules, including firing them from the agency. This must include the FBI Office of General Counsel, headed by Valerie Caproni, which the IG testified today had approved [the] continued use of exigent letters and provided legal advice that was inconsistent with federal law. Between 2003 and 2006, the FBI improperly obtained personal telephone record information from U.S. telephone companies for more than 5,500 phone numbers, including private details protected by federal law. "
I am seeing a pretty consistent pattern here, and it certainly isn't a positive one.
Sources & Additional information:
- TRANSCRIPT: President Obama’s August 9, 2013, news conference at the White House http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/transcript-president-obamas-august-9-2013-news-conference-at-the-white-house/2013/08/09/5a6c21e8-011c-11e3-9a3e-916de805f65d_story_4.html
- Declassified FISA court documents on intelligence collection http://apps.washingtonpost.com/g/page/world/declassified-fisa-court-documents-on-intelligence-collection/447/
- NSA’s pipe dream: Weakening crypto will only help the “good guys” http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/09/nsas-pipe-dream-weakening-crypto-will-only-help-the-good-guys/
- Ex-FBI lawyer linked to surveillance abuses poised for federal judge post Valerie Caproni, up for judgeship in important terrorism court, likely to come under fresh scepticism in wake of NSA revelations http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/06/fbi-lawyer-surveillance-judge-valerie-caproni
- Wikipedia Valerie Caproni http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valerie_E._Caproni
- Lawmakers Probe Willful Abuses of Power by NSA Analysts http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-23/nsa-analysts-intentionally-abused-spying-powers-multiple-times.html
- Loveint http://blogs.wsj.com/washwire/2013/08/23/nsa-officers-sometimes-spy-on-love-interests/