NSA says some agents abused spying powers

By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer

While the drama with Edward Snowden has gone as cold as whatever snowy Russian forest he’s hiding in, the NSA is still very much in the hot seat due to privacy concerns. In a statement to Bloomberg News, the NSA said, “Over the past decade, very rare instances of willful violations of NSA’s authorities have been found,” and that it “takes very seriously… misconduct, and cooperates fully with any investigations.” These incidents of NSA analysts ignoring spying restrictions on purpose, as revealed by the NSA inspector general, seem to contradict what some government officials and lawmakers have said about none occurring. However, the inspector general says it’s only an average of one case a year, over 10 years, and that the incidents were very minor. Also, the actions didn’t violate civilian monitoring laws like the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act or the Patriot Act.