NSA won't reveal how many Americans have been spied on

Shawn Knight

TechSpot Staff
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Last month a pair of US Senators inquired as to how many people within the country had been spied upon by the National Security Agency in the wake of updates to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) in 2008. Getting…

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TS Evangelist
They should have asked the question differently. How many people were spied is probably a tough question to answer. They should have asked how many phone calls or how many emails. Why would the NSA keep track of the number of people who are spied on? I'm sure they don't care at all how many... they only care if they get the right ones.

Good to know though that they're listning... next time I talk to my associates in no-where-I-stan I'll be sure to watch what I say. :)


TS Evangelist
As I see it, the requested data would not violate the privacy of US citizens. It sounds like the senators were asking for a number. Giving a number without specifically identifying who was spied on in no way violates the privacy of Americans.

More BS from a spy agency, and I really, really hope that these congressional members do not settle for that answer.


TS Enthusiast
Everybody has been spied on... the only way for them to tell who is bad and who is good, is to spy on everybody...


TS Enthusiast
I would think most past inquiries that led to nothing have been sealed or destroyed.
I do think it would be a violation to look back or keep track of those inquiries if there is no just cause.
I'm also thinking this would be like asking how many people have been arrested in the US. Impossible to put a number to.