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Low Level Staffers Can Access Your Personal Info at NSA

Tapping the News -- Civil Liberties -- July 29

"Today on "This Week," Glenn Greenwald - the reporter who broke the story about the National Security Agency's surveillance programs - claimed that those NSA programs allowed even low-level analysts to search the private emails and phone calls of Americans.

"The NSA has trillions of telephone calls and emails in their databases that they've collected over the last several years," Greenwald told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos. "And what these programs are, are very simple screens, like the ones that supermarket clerks or shipping and receiving clerks use, where all an analyst has to do is enter an email address or an IP address, and it does two things. It searches that database and lets them listen to the calls or read the emails of everything that the NSA has stored, or look at the browsing histories or Google search terms that you've entered, and it also alerts them to any further activity that people connected to that email address or that IP address do in the future."

Greenwald explained that while there are "legal constraints" on surveillance that require approval by the FISA court, these programs still allow analysts to search through data with little court approval or supervision.""

Roger Ramjet

This article-and others-is exactly why so much misinformation is accepted as fact by well-meaning conservatives.

Greenwald is describing, quite poorly by the way, a FOREIGN communication intelligence capability that has absolutely nothing to do with American citizens or even foreign citizens inside the US.