Posted October 03, 2018 06:18:25The National Security Agency is collecting information on every email and telephone call made or received by millions of Americans every day, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.
The audit also found that the agency has been using the information to track millions of foreigners and Americans who have been traveling abroad to visit family or work, according the report.
The report also found the NSA is still using this information to monitor people who are abroad and are suspected of having ties to terrorist groups.
The NSA is “collecting information on hundreds of millions of American people every day,” according to the report, which says it is not only collecting data on Americans but also on millions of foreign nationals.
The GAO also says that the NSA does not have a “clear and comprehensive legal framework” for collecting information, which it is legally allowed to do under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
The NSA also failed to disclose to Congress the fact that it has been collecting information about Americans under the Patriot Act, which the GAOs report says it did not tell Congress before the Patriot act passed in 2001.
The report also says the agency failed to tell Congress that the bulk collection of Americans’ phone records under Section 215 of the Patriot law was legal.
“The NSA’s general surveillance programs are not limited to foreign intelligence and criminal investigations,” the report said.
“Instead, they target Americans without any suspicion of wrongdoing.
The intelligence community has repeatedly misled Congress about how its surveillance activities are governed.
The House Intelligence Committee is investigating whether the intelligence community misled Congress when it reported in April that the government was not collecting information in bulk.
The panel’s report will be released on Monday.”
A senior administration official said Tuesday that the report was an important step to make sure that the public is informed about the programs.
The official also defended the program’s transparency and said the NSA had a process to get the information it was collecting.
“We have a system to get that information to the intelligence agencies so that we can make sure the public has access to it,” the official said.