NSA Analysts Used Government Spying Powers To Track Lovers


The United States spends billions of dollars on surveillance each year, and at least some of that taxpayer money could be benefiting love-struck Romeos in the National Security Agency.

The NSA recently responded to a letter sent by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), revealing  at least 12 incidents in which NSA analysts have abused their spying powers since 2003.

The Hill recounts some particularly disturbing cases:

In one case, an analyst spied on a foreign phone number she discovered in her husband’s cellphone, suspecting that he had cheated on her. She intercepted phone calls involving her husband, investigators discovered. The analyst resigned before any disciplinary action could be taken.

On one analyst’s first day of access to the NSA system, he pulled records on six email addresses belonging to his ex-girlfriend. He claimed he just wanted to test the system. The NSA demoted him and docked his pay for two months.

In another case, an analyst collected call data on his girlfriend and his own home phone number “out of curiosity.” He retired before the agency took any action.

Another analyst based in a foreign location collected phone records on her foreign national boyfriend and other foreign nationals, saying she wanted to be sure she wasn’t associating with “shady characters.” She resigned before the agency took disciplinary action.

The NSA said in its letter to Grassley that it currently has two open investigations related to such conduct and a third case that could potentially bear investigating.

“I appreciate the transparency that the Inspector General has provided to the American people,” Grassley said in a statement. “We shouldn’t tolerate even one instance of misuse of this program. Robust oversight of the program must be completed to ensure that both national security and the Constitution are protected.”

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  • Alan

    And we conservatives are the paranoid and delusional ones the liberals are all too ready to refer to as when describing our unwillingness to accept their way of thinking? Wow! I’ve never spied on my wife in my 35+yrs with the woman.

  • Wambli525

    And, Obama would have us believe he has made the world safer because of the NSA …. The man is delusional and needs to be institutionalized. I wonder, would that be covered by the Affordable Health Care Act?

  • jag

    And they do a through background check? Right,and the gov. Wonders WHY we the people don’t trust it? Ha! Obummers trickle down at work here!

  • Robert Messmer

    Too bad there is no link to the full copy of the letter. “Hi, I am Senator Grassley and I want to know if any one at the NSA are using the technology to spy on their lovers?” I mean, WTH? Only 12 incidents where abuse has occurred! How about the whole fricking thing about spying on American citizens without proper warrants?