2013 August 15

NSA Broke its Own Rules “Thousands of Times a Year”


An article on spying by the National Security Agency (NSA) in the Washington Post, based on documents leaked by former NSA contract employee Edward Snowden, reported on this day that the NSA broke its own rules on surveillance “thousands of times a year.” The first stories based on Snowden’s documents appeared on June 5, 2013, and subsequent stories with new revelations about NSA spying continued for months.

The 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service was awarded to the Guardian US and the Washington Post for their stories on National Security Agency (NSA) spying based on documents leaked to them by Edward Snowden (see April 14, 2014). On February 16, 2014, reporters also won the prestigious George Polk Award for Excellence in Journalism for their stories based on the Snowden-released documents.

Watch an interview with Snowden: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOCdxfkNXB8

Get the full story: Luke Harding, The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man (2014)

Read the best book on President Obama and the war on terrorism: Charlie Savage, Power Wars: Inside Obama’s Post-9/11 Presidency (2015)

Learn more about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC): http://epic.org/privacy/terrorism/fisa/fisc.html

Search the ACLU database of Snowden-related NSA documents (searchable by date, relevance, or date of release): https://www.aclu.org/nsa-documents-search?page=1

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