[ISN] NSA leaker says audits on gov’t snooping don’t work

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jun/17/nsa-leaker-says-audits-govt-snooping-dont-work/ By Shaun Waterman The Washington Times June 17, 2013 The former National Security Agency contractor who leaked classified information about its telecommunications surveillance program said Monday that there are few safeguards to prevent abuse of data-gathering projects and that large amounts of data about Americans routinely are collected in dragnet searches, despite officials’ denials. “The reality is this, … [any U.S. intelligence agency] has access to query raw databases, they can enter and get results for anything they want. Phone number, email, user id, cell phone handset ID, and so on,” Edward Snowden told readers in a question-and-answer session on the British newspaper Guardian’s website. “The restrictions against this are policy based, not technically based,” Mr. Snowden added. He said that, even though U.S. intelligence officials note that the warrantless monitoring of U.S. citizens’ communications is illegal, “Americans’ communications are collected and viewed on a daily basis on the certification of an analyst rather than a warrant.” […] _______________________________________________ ISN mailing list ISN@lists.infosecnews.org http://lists.infosecnews.org/mailman/listinfo/isn_lists.infosecnews.org