Some NSA employees were using the data-mining program to spy on their lovers
We have been told over and over again by the NSA and Barack Obama that the NSA data-mining program was not being used to spy on Americans citizens. They claim that this is only a data-mining program which simply looks for keywords and phrases which might link people to terrorist activity, and that the actual content of most correspondence is not being accessed unless those keywords and phrases are being used.
Then came the revelation, at the NSA’s own admission, that there have been thousands of privacy violations, and a handful of these violations were done willingly. Again were assured that this was no big deal because this represents a small proportion when it is considered that millions of people are being spied on, but it must be remembered that because the NSA is using (unconstitutionally) blanket warrants that these violations represent hundreds, if not thousands, of people who are affected by the violations.
Now we are learning that some NSA employees were actually using the data-mining program to spy on their lovers. These employees even have a name for this practice, it is called LOVEINT.
This, of course, calls into question the claim that no Americans are being spied on and leaves one wondering how much information is readily available to the employees at the NSA for whatever reason.
I am not sure how any American, upon hearing this news, can have faith that this is the benevolent program we are being led to believe it is. How can anyone trust the Federal Government with this information when we have seen how easily it can be abused by anyone who has access to this information for any reason they deem fit?