The NSA, our American Stasi, acknowledged in a classified briefing that it doesn’t need no stinkin’ warrants to listen to whatever it wants, anytime it wants to. Edward Snowden said he could listen to anything with no permission needed. Many thought his statement was not credible. As it turns out, he was completely correct.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat, disclosed this week that during a secret briefing to members of Congress, he was told that the contents of a phone call could be accessed “simply based on an analyst deciding that.”
If the NSA wants “to listen to the phone,” an analyst’s decision is sufficient, without any other legal authorization required.
Our national security state government within a government has apparently decided it doesn’t have to bother within that tedious Constitution. Thus, thousands of NSA analysts can listen to your phone calls or read your email just based on their whim. Feel safer? Didn’t think so.
Update: Nadler is now contradicting himself and saying he was misinterpreted, however the logic here seems a bit specious to me and much more like damage control after the congressman went off the reservation with a rather extraordinary, for DC politicians, statement.