New claims have surface that the NSA has secretly been tipping off the FBI two to three times per day, every day, dating back to as early as 2006.
Just a few short hours after President Obama put forth his plans to reform the rogue agency, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) declassified a cache of documents from the Foreign Intelligence Service Court which implicated both the NSA and the Federal Bureau of Investigations in a joint effort to bring down the nation’s cyber criminals and put an end to their illegal activities through a correspondence that violated at least a few different amendments all at once.
While the FBI is certainly guilty of several different constitutional violations in this issue, it’s clearly the NSA who is to blame for providing them the channels in which to do so in the first place.
A judge for the court outlined the specific procedure members of the two agencies would have to go through in order to obtain and share information gathered over cell phone and internet networks.
“Access to the archived data shall only occur when NSA has identified a known telephone number for which, based on the factual and practical considerations of everyday life on which reasonable and prudent persons act, there are facts giving rise to a reasonable, articulable suspicion that the telephone number is associated with [REDACTED]; provided however, that a telephone number believed to be used by a US person shall not be regarded as associated with [REDACTED] solely on the basis of activities that are protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution.”
Boiled down to brass tacks, the accusation suggests that while agents were acutely aware they were overstepping their legally-imposed bounds, they also understood exactly what moves were necessary to skirt the law as covertly and often as possible.
The rough outline of the provided information paired with the NSA’s notoriously tight-lipped responses to these types of allegations means we may never have a full grip on exactly what kinds of data is being distributed, however the redacted information does suggest that whatever they’ve been doing over there, they certainly aren’t keen on anyone finding out about it in the near future.