De l’organisation et de la sécurité interne de la nsa, c’est que les employés peuvent à priori en utiliser les capacités à titre privé sans craindre d’être ennuyés. Ceci explique pourquoi snowden a pu piquer autant de docs sans être vu, et pourquoi potentiellement beaucoup d’autres ont pu faire de même. Finalement ça explique le besoin de purges dans cette “administration”.
A National Security Agency employee was able to secretly intercept the phone calls of nine foreign women for six years without ever being detected by his managers, the agency’s internal watchdog has revealed.
The unauthorised abuse of the NSA’s surveillance tools only came to light after one of the women, who happened to be a US government employee, told a colleague that she suspected the man – with whom she was having a sexual relationship – was listening to her calls.
The case is among 12 documented in a letter from the NSA’s inspector general to a leading member of Congress, who asked for a breakdown of cases in which the agency’s powerful surveillance apparatus was deliberately abused by staff. One relates to a member of the US military who, on the first day he gained access to the surveillance system, used it to spy on six email addresses belonging to former girlfriends.
The letter, from Dr George Ellard, only lists cases that were investigated and later “substantiated” by his office. But it raises the possibility that there are many more cases that go undetected. In a quarter of the cases, the NSA only found out about the misconduct after the employee confessed.
It also reveals limited disciplinary action taken against NSA staff found to have abused the system. In seven cases, individuals guilty of abusing their powers resigned or retired before disciplinary action could be taken. Two civilian employees kept their jobs – and, it appears, their security clearance – and escaped with only a written warning after they were found to have conducted unauthorised interceptions.
The abuses – technically breaches of the law – did not result in a single prosecution, even though more than half of the cases were referred to the Department of Justice. The DoJ did not respond to a request for information about why no charges were brought.
The NSA’s director, Gen Keith Alexander, referred to the 12 cases in testimony to a congressional hearing on Thursday. He told senators on the intelligence committee that abuse of the NSA’s powerful monitoring tools were “with very rare exception” unintentional mistakes.
“The press claimed evidence of thousands of privacy violations. This is false and misleading,” he said.
“According to NSA’s independent inspector general, there have been only 12 substantiated case of willful violation over 10 years. Essentially, one per year.”
He added: “Today, NSA has a privacy compliance program any leader of a large, complex organization would be proud of.”