NSA: Yes, Some Officers Spy on Their Spouses
Practice is known as LOVEINT
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 24, 2013 5:53 PM CDT
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(Newser) – You've heard of PRISM, you've heard of XKeyScore, but have you heard of ... LOVEINT? That's the NSA's nickname for when officers use their spying abilities to snoop on their partners and spouses. Amidst recent revelations last week that the NSA violated privacy rules some 3,000 times in one year, officials have acknowledged that some officers have engaged in LOVEINT, but say there has only been a handful of cases in the last decade, the Wall Street Journal reports. Usually the incidents are self-reported—coming out in a routine polygraph, for instance—and officials say the employees (well, those they know about) have all been disciplined or fired.

Dianne Feinstein says the NSA has told the Senate intelligence committee that "isolated cases" of LOVEINT have occurred about once a year, but that there's no evidence that any of the cases involved the agency's surveillance systems. "Clearly, any case of noncompliance is unacceptable, but these small numbers of cases do not change my view that NSA takes significant care to prevent any abuses and that there is a substantial oversight system in place," says Feinstein. "When errors are identified, they are reported and corrected."

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orlandojonny
Aug 25, 2013 1:50 PM CDT
A better question for the NSA would be "what don't you spy on"?
OuttaHere
Aug 25, 2013 7:12 AM CDT
I just want to know what the NSA has on Feinstein that makes her their lap dog.
cornelison
Aug 25, 2013 3:58 AM CDT
Who's spying on the NSA guys who cheat on their wives? Imagine a stakeout on the guys who stakeout. It could be a sequel to "Spies Like Us."