An NSA employee wearing name tag “Neal Z.” recently attended the the University of New Mexico’s Engineering and Science Career Fair.
The NSA rep was trying to recruit college students to work at the controversial agency, which collects tons of metadata, emails, phone calls and various other information on American citizens.
University of New Mexico grad Andy Beale and student Sean Potter asked Neal Z. about the massive collection of information by the NSA, reports The Intercept.
Beale and Potter filmed the incident from two angles (videos below).
Amazingly, Neal Z. claimed, "NSA is not permitted to track or collect intelligence on U.S. persons.”
However, after NSA leaker Edward Snowden revealed the mass surveillance of Americans by the NSA, the director of national intelligence, James Clapper, admitted to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) in an April letter that the NSA does collect information on Americans, noted The Guardian.
Later, Neal Z. admitted the NSA does collect data under the guidance of the (secret) FISA court, which is not open or accountable to the public.
After Beale and Potter politely debunked several of Neal Z's claims, Neal Z. angrily threatened to call authorities to silence the two Americans: ”You do not know what you’re talking about. If you don’t leave soon, I’m going to call university security to get you out of my face.”
Neal Z. tried to grab Potter's iPhone, but it was Potter and Beale who were removed from the fair by campus police for “causing a disturbance.”