U.S. Senators now alleging the NSA is guilty of criminal behavior

Two U.S. Senators are now alleging that the National Security Agency is guilty of criminal behavior, setting a precedent for legal action against the NSA.

Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.) asserted the charges on Friday, which could lead to more widespread action. The NSA may have violated the privacy of Americans thousands of times a year and deliberately violated restrictions imposed on it by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court, Wyden told reporters. Wyden said the FISA court itself had ruled that the NSA had violated the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, which bans unreasonable search and seizures.
Court Ruled NSA Violated the Fourth Amendment

The action that violated the Fourth Amendment was reportedly the interception of traffic on international fiber optic cables. The NSA and its British counterpart, GCHQ, have a program to do that called Global Telecoms Exploitation. The Senator also noted that the NSA had specifically violated at least one federal law, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. He and Udall also stated that they are aware of even more criminal actions at the NSA. Continue reading

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