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The thing that never happens


National Security Agency officers on several occasions have channeled their agency's enormous eavesdropping power to spy on love interests, U.S. officials said.

Note that "love interests" doesn't have to mean partners or even ex-partners, but could simply be "that girl you think is hot". The article doesn't say who was spied on.

Yes, it's "very rare", but that's because they're only "finding out" about it when it's "self-reported".

Most of the incidents, officials said, were self-reported. Such admissions can arise, for example, when an employee takes a polygraph tests as part of a renewal of a security clearance.

As Crooked Timber says:

In other words, while NSA monitors everything you and I do all the time, it relies on witchcraft to detect wrongdoing by its own employees. I guess we'll just have to hope that NSA staff are too busy snooping on our emails to read any of the 194 000 Google hits on "how to cheat a polygraph".

To be perfectly accurate, i would change Crooked Timber's "NSA monitors everything you and I do all the time" to "NSA has the capability to monitor everything..." but you get the point.

By fnord12 | August 26, 2013, 10:01 AM | Liberal Outrage


i should get points for predicting this.

i bet there's also spying on former partners who they're divorcing and such. or the people their exes are dating, etc.

remember Ray Liotta in Unlawful Entry?