Want To Make Sure Your Spouse Doesn’t Cheat? Work For The NSA

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Despite a recent report that paints employees as low-morale victims of a media-fueled cavalcade of spy scandals, working for the National Security Agency (NSA) undoubtedly comes with some unique perks.

One of the great side effects of digital omniscience is the ability to find out if your husband, wife, boyfriend or mistress is cheating on you. Monday’s online news editions were filled with reports indicating that’s exactly what some NSA staffers have done.

“Staff working at the National Security Agency — the eavesdropping unit that was revealed to have spied on millions of people — have used the technology to spy on their lovers,” states The Telegraph. “The employees even had a code name for the practice — ‘Love-int’ — meaning the gathering of intelligence on their partners.”

“Spy agencies often refer to their various types of intelligence collection with the suffix of ‘INT,’ such as ‘SIGINT’ for collecting signals intelligence, or communications; and ‘HUMINT’ for human intelligence, or spying,” reported The Wall Street Journal. “The ‘LOVEINT’ examples constitute most episodes of willful misconduct by NSA employees, officials said.”

The story comes only a week after an internal NSA inquiry disclosed the agency had broken the law thousands of times in the last year by spying on people who weren’t suspected of any crimes and who hadn’t been targeted by a search warrant.

Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said she had been told the love-interest spying was limited to only a few instances and involved significant others who weren’t actually in the U.S. at the time the surveillance supposedly was carried out. Of course, all of this self-disclosure is coming straight from NSA officials — a reporting procedure that’s supposed to qualify as “Congressional oversight.”

“Clearly, any case of noncompliance is unacceptable, but these small numbers of cases do not change my view that NSA takes significant care to prevent any abuses and that there is a substantial oversight system in place,” said Feinstein. “When errors are identified, they are reported and corrected.”

The Senator places great confidence in the self-policing resolve of an agency whose larger abuses were never self-reported. Would any of these “errors” be identified even now if it weren’t for the conscience (we’re told) of a lone whistle-blower and the freedom of a foreign press to tell his story?

Personal Liberty

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • FreedomFighter

    Who is watching the NSA?
    Laus Deo
    Semper Fi

  • wavesofgrain

    What, if anything, will this Congress do about this lawless administration?

  • stopspending4

    Love the way the NSA supporters answer the fears that the programs will be used in appropriately with the simple response that it has never happened so why would ANYONE think it could happen. Of course, EVERYONE already knew that it was already being used inappropriately and would only increase. Like the IRS, the spying will help the administration and hurt conservatives or others on the enemies list. Like the IRS targeting, anyone using the NSA inappropriately, even one time, should be fired and prosecuted immediately. What is wrong with our leaders that the criminal acts are just ignored with the promise that it was corrected and will not happen again.

  • CatGman

    “love-interest spying was limited to only a few instances and involved significant others who weren’t actually in the U.S. at the time”
    So, if a US citizen happens to be out of the country, it is perfectly acceptable to spy on them?
    “When errors are identified, they are reported and corrected.”
    I am sure that Feinstein would rather cover up any “errors” rather than report and correct.them.

    • Robert Messmer

      Actually I am in favor of this type of spying. As long as they are spying on their love interest, then they are not spying on the rest of us. Sounds a little like life imitating art as I am reminded of the movie “True Lies”.

  • MomMom69

    U can watch me all u want, but just make sure u r there if I’m in trouble and need help!! My life really isn’t that interesting! And I hope my forever love is watching me but I would like to see him more in person!!! Damn, cut a cougar a break!!!

  • db3639

    If someone is reading to you daily consider yourself blessed, or cursed if you don’t like what they’re reading. If someone is listening to you daily, I hope they’re learning something useful. The NSA doesn’t have the manpower to listen in to all of your conversations, let alone everyone in the U.S. They use a computer program to search for keywords and phrases. If there is a match it will be flagged for further review. Those reviews are months behind schedule as it is. Only the top priority flagged conversations getting any immediate attention. Please you a dictionary when you write. The word you’re looking for is basis, not basses, which the last time I checked meant the plural of the musical instrument known as a bass.

  • BHR

    We have all become prisoners of our government. All the info coming out about all the different spy programs being abused is becoming overwhelming. It does not happen just one time but over and over. We all need to be scared of our government.

    • http://betamaxmas.com/ Major Domo

      We were the beacon on the hill. Look what we have become.