More revelations have emerged that despite the NSA’s claims of strict safeguards to prevent abuse of its spying capabilities, the it systematically violated its pown privacy requirements in thousands of cases and committed even more illegal acts, with a judge ruling back in 2011 that the NSA had also been deliberately misleading the courts about what it has been doing. What a surprise! This information emerged as a result of the declassification of some documents in the wake of the uproar over what the Snowden revelations told us about the government spying on its own citizens.
And the revelations keep coming. The latest today is about LOVEINT, the name given to those cases where “National Security Agency officers on several occasions have channeled their agency’s enormous eavesdropping power to spy on love interests”.
Of course, in all these cases, NSA defenders immediately come out with the claim that these were just a few cases by rogue elements and steps have been taken to stop such bad apples from gaining such access in future. And then we will almost inevitably learn later that the violations were more extensive than first reported and that the new safeguards were also broken.
It is practically an ironclad law of human behavior that if you collect and store personal information on people, that information will be abused by those who have access to it to further their own agenda.