NSA to Congress: F@ck Off

The NSA Treats Congress Just Like the American People: With Scorn and Disdain

We’ve shown that the NSA has been spying on Congress for some time.

The NSA has never denied that it’s spying on Congress.  Instead, the NSA first said:

Members of Congress have the same privacy protections as all US persons.

And Friday, NSA chief Keith Alexander wrote a letter to Senator Bernie Sanders saying that the NSA cannot reveal whether the agency has been targeting members of Congress in its metadata collection because doing so would violate privacy provisions accorded to civilians in the program:

The telephone metadata program incorporates extraordinary controls to protect Americans’ privacy interests.    Among those protections is the condition that NSA can query the metadata only based on phone numbers reasonably suspected to be associated with specific foreign terrorist groups.  For that reason, NSA cannot lawfully search to determine if any records NSA has received under the program have included metadata of the phone calls of any member of Congress, other American elected officials, or any other American without that predicate.


This is the exact same excuse the NSA and other intelligence agencies have previously given for hiding how many Americans they spy on.

As Wired reported last June:

The surveillance experts at the National Security Agency won’t tell two powerful United States Senators how many Americans have had their communications picked up by the agency as part of its sweeping new counterterrorism powers. The reason: it would violate your privacy to say so.

That claim comes in a short letter sent Monday to civil libertarian Senators Ron Wyden and Mark Udall. The two members of the Senate’s intelligence oversight committee asked the NSA a simple question last month: under the broad powers granted in 2008′s expansion of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, how many persons inside the United States have been spied upon by the NSA?

The query bounced around the intelligence bureaucracy until it reached I. Charles McCullough, the Inspector General of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the nominal head of the 16 U.S. spy agencies. In a letter acquired by Danger Room, McCullough told the senators that the NSA inspector general “and NSA leadership agreed that an IG review of the sort suggested would itself violate the privacy of U.S. persons,” McCullough wrote.

In other words, the NSA is sending the same message to both the American people and their representatives in Congress:  f@ck off.

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  • EarlyMedievalSerf

    Disband the NSA, which is little more than a modern day praetorian guard. Incarcerate the rouge criminal leadership within the agency and place them in Supermax next to Clapper and Alexander in their cells. Let this be a lesson to future generations of egomaniacs and sociopaths who dare trample on the basic fundamental constitutional rights of US persons.

  • Brother Diptherio

    When McCullough talks about, “the privacy of U.S. persons,” he is, of course, referring to himself and his cronies (who would prefer to keep their spy network private, thank you very much).

  • gozounlimited

    GOZO to Deviant Brown and his Chemtrail Cowboys: F@CK OFF

    Look at my little green spot…… http://www.accuweather.com/en/us/national/satellite-wv. You’re looking at the green spot over the Bay Area (SFO) in Cali…. that’s the result of misting vinegar in the air. Still trying to reach the geoengineered ridge (in orange) designed to block storms moving toward the Coast. Could use some help…… Actually you could use some help…. before they burn you out after eating their 5$ apple.

    • gozounlimited

      The drought in California that is verifiably engineered as we have a constant record of the satellite photos which clearly show massive “up stream” spraying over the eastern Pacific Ocean which blocks the rain from California. Chemtrails (weather mod. geoengineering) are almost completely blocking the hydrological cycle from California creating the driest year ever recorded in the state.

      There is also a massive dome of HAARP high pressure over California constantly. HAARP monitoring verifies this. The high pressure not only further chases the rain away and lowers the humidity, it adds to the factors which are creating constant above average temperatures even while other parts of the country get engineered “cool downs”. Among the possible reasons for California being hammered, breaking the backs of small private family farms in order to control food supplies, weather trading derivatives, political agendas being carried out, Monsanto’s drought insurance, and even a possibility of an attempt to create seismic activity in the state.

      No matter how much damage the geoengineering programs do to the global climate system, the environment, the only thing the geoengineers respond with is even more geoengineering. Isn’t this the true definition of insanity as Einstein stated so clearly? “Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result”? In the case of the rapidly sickening global populations (which are exposed to the spraying day in and day out), perhaps things are in fact going according to plan, if theplan is eugenics. In regard to Earths disintegrating life support systems, its hard to believe “their” plan is on track in any sense as “they” will go down with the ship along with the rest of us….. http://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/climate-engineering-and-weather-warfare-an-unfolding-catastrophe/

      • gozounlimited

        Deadly Chemtrails over Eastern Pacific – Dane Wigington

        No matter what other challenges we face, the power and control that is now being exercised on us all by the manipulation of earths life support systems, (which includes the toxic fallout now contaminating all life), will determine our collective fates if it is not brought to light and to a halt. Its up to each and every one of us to join this critical
        cause, the battle can not be waged by only a few. Get educated on this issue, get credible data to pass out, and get in the fight, our lives quite literally depend on it

        • gozounlimited

          Keep it up Weather Channel…..ya’ll are already in Hell in Geeorgia. Direct TV kicked your ass out the door…… looks like Stephanie and her climate change shit is goin down. Bye Bye!

    • gozounlimited

      Come on Brownie Bob Fuck Me …… get it over with….. and then fuck off……….


  • Rehmat

    Good for NSA. The Congress doesn’t represents Americans – it represents Israeli government.

    “The Zionization of America is complete, with AIPAC appointing the government and 60 million Christian Zionists ready to die for their new masters in Jerusalem,” says Dr. Lasha Darkmoon.