The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court concluded that the surveillance was unconstitutional after it was notified of it in 2011. In an 86-page opinion that was declassified on Wednesday, the court ordered the NSA to take steps to limit the information it collects and how long it keeps it.It was just a "mistake..."
In the opinion, Judge John D. Bates admonished the NSA for a " substantial misrepresentation" of the scope of its surveillance.
Officials said the surveillance was inadvertent, and insisted that the agency ended it in 2011.
"This is not an egregious overreaching by a greedy agency seeking to spy on Americans," a senior intelligence official said Wednesday during a conference call with reporters. "This is a technological problem that resulted in an inadvertent collection of a relatively small number of U.S. person communications."
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
The NSA gets busted for illegal spying: