Yet Another NSA Target: Employees' Lovers

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

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." (More NSA stories.)

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