The National Security Agency (NSA) admitted today that some NSA employees have abused their power to spy on the American people.
This statement contradicts President Obama, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and National Security Agency head Army General Keith Alexander, who have all denied the NSA has abused its spying powers on Americans.
Ironically, the NSA statement supports claims made by whistleblower Edward Snowden, whom the Obama administration has charged with multiple crimes.
The NSA told Bloomberg News today: “Over the past decade, very rare instances of willful violations of NSA’s authorities have been found. NSA takes very seriously allegations of misconduct, and cooperates fully with any investigations, responding as appropriate. NSA has zero tolerance for willful violations of the agency’s authorities.”
The NSA added that this spying violated President Reagan's 1981 Executive Order 12333, which governs U.S. intelligence.
However, on Wednesday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that President Obama is standing by his statement that “there is no spying on Americans,” which is simply not true per the NSA's statement today.
Additionally, Army General Keith Alexander, director of the NSA, claimed on August 8 that “no one has willfully or knowingly disobeyed the law or tried to invade your civil liberties or privacy.”
The NSA also debunked Sen. Feinstein who said on August 16 that her intelligence committee “has never identified an instance in which the NSA has intentionally abused its authority to conduct surveillance for inappropriate purposes.”
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) claimed on July 28 that there were “zero privacy violations” in the NSA's collection of information on Americans.
A NSA document released on August 21 showed that the NSA tapped up to 56,000 electronic communications a year from Americans not suspected of having links to terrorism.
Another document released by the NSA revealed that the secret FISA court ruled that the NSA misrepresented surveillance operations three times in less than three years.
Source: Bloomberg News