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NSA Analyst spied on love interest (video)

The National Security Agency has admitted that analysts have abused their authority to spy on love interests on several occasions.
In response to a letter from Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the NSA identified 12 incidents since 2003 in which analysts intentionally misused their intelligence gathering powers.
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.
An analyst who collected data on his wife lost access to the classified system, and another analyst who said he misused the system to help learn a foreign language also lost access to the database.

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This is probably the best possible use of taxpayer money

That anyone could hope for. An insecure intelligence dork spied on his significant other. Another agent used the system to learn a foreign language. Nobody got killed, no countries got invaded....umm I mean liberated. All in all, if they were only stealing our money to spy on their spouse or using super computers to perform the function of Rosetta Stone, I would be ok with that. Problem is, the abuse is far more widespread and sinister than anyone would ever admit. Well, one guy did admit it and he's been banished to Siberia.

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Best possible use of taxpayer money that anyone could hope for

This is probably the best possible use of taxpayer money that anyone could hope for.

I believe I see where you're going to, but I would just argue this sort of Vaudeville** certainly doesn't require to build a multi billion $FRN data center in Utah for that purpose, and others on the way wherever the hell I know.

** http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaudeville

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Sinister purposes all of it.

The Utah facility definitely has a purpose. I don't think keeping the American people safe is on of them.

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I hear you.

I hear you.

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Goodness. Yet again, again, again, again and again :

Goodness. Yet again, again, again, again and again :

you've got to LOOOOOOVE how your tax payer money was/is being used !

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