Yet Another NSA Target: Employees' Lovers
Also, director says 'no upper limit' on how many phone records can be kept
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Sep 27, 2013 6:46 AM CDT
This June 6, 2013, file photo shows a sign outside the National Security Administration campus in Fort Meade, Md.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

(Newser) – We've heard that the NSA kept an eye on Martin Luther King and Muhammad Ali, but it seems there were also lower-profile targets: some of its own employees' lovers. It's referred to as "loveint" (as in, collecting intel on love interests), and the NSA says it's happened 12 times since 2003, with several more possible instances needing further investigation. In one case, a worker kicked off his very first day of being allowed on the agency's signals intelligence collection system by checking out six of an ex's email addresses; he was doing it for "practice," he said to investigators. He got a demotion, his pay docked, and a recommendation against security clearance, CNN reports.

Another employee, who has since resigned, investigated a foreign phone number she'd spotted on her husband's phone, fearing he was having an affair. In other NSA news, a surveillance court has told the NSA there's "no upper limit" on how many phone records it can collect, its director says, per PC World. Asked whether the agency wants all Americans' phone records, director Gen. Keith Alexander told senators, per the Huffington Post: "I believe it is in the nation's best interest to put all the phone records into a lockbox that we can search when the nation needs to do it, yes."

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Sep 27, 2013 5:10 PM CDT
Sep 27, 2013 2:56 PM CDT
"Nobody is listening to your telephone calls," the president said when asked about the NSA. - June 7 "What I can say unequivocally is that if you are a US person, the NSA cannot listen to your telephone calls, and the NSA cannot target your emails … and have not," Obama - June 17 "We don't have a domestic spying program," ... "What we do have is some mechanisms that can track a phone number or an email address that is connected to a terrorist attack. … That information is useful." - Obama - August 6 "It's not enough for me, as president, to have confidence in these programs. The American people need to have confidence in them as well," Obama - Aug 9 It's funny how either the President's comments on the NSA spying on US citizens has evolved. Is he lying or is he really that ignorant?
Sep 27, 2013 2:34 PM CDT
What nonsense. All this snooping and no one saw Westgate, Kenya coming. Cut their budget by 90% and improve their efficiency.