NSA grapples with 988% increase in records requestsSubmitted by DeMolay on Sun, 11/17/2013 - 22:14
The NSA will neither confirm nor deny that it has gathered information on anyone.
Fueled by the Edward Snowden scandal, more Americans than ever are asking the NSA if their personal life is being spied on.
And the NSA has a very direct answer for them: Tough luck, we're not telling you.
Americans are inundating the National Security Agency with open-records requests, leading to a 988% increase in such inquiries. Anyone asking is getting a standard pre-written letter saying the NSA can neither confirm nor deny that any information has been gathered.
"This was the largest spike we've ever had," said Pamela Phillips, the chief of the NSA Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act Office, which handles all records requests to the agency. "We've had requests from individuals who want any records we have on their phone calls, their phone numbers, their e-mail addresses, their IP addresses, anything like that."