NSA procedures allow the government to use data 'inadvertently' collected without a warrant

Two things of note in this exclusive by the Guardian newspaper on the procedures followed by the NSA in collecting data from "non-US persons" as well as the accidental collection of communications from US citizens. First, as leaker Snowden observed, what's in these documents is "policy" not necessarily "practice." In other words, there are technical work arounds that analysts can use to examine your communications without a warrant. Snowden says it happens all the time despite the safeguards. Secondly, it is frightening to see the court charged with protecting American's privacy, accede to NSA requests to use data despite it being "inadvertently" collected. The top secret documents published today detail the circumstances in which data collected on US persons under the foreign intelligence authority must be destroyed, extensive steps analysts must take to try to check targets are outside the US, and reveals how US call records are used to help remove US citizens and residents...(Read Full Post)