Number of NSA Intercepts Pass Limits Set By Congress

***Update:
The very last three paragraphs of the NYT Article:


    And in one previously undisclosed episode, the N.S.A. tried to wiretap a member of Congress without a warrant, an intelligence official with direct knowledge of the matter said.

    The agency believed that the congressman, whose identity could not be determined, was in contact — as part of a Congressional delegation to the Middle East in 2005 or 2006 — with an extremist who had possible terrorist ties and was already under surveillance, the official said. The agency then sought to eavesdrop on the congressman’s conversations, the official said.

    The official said the plan was ultimately blocked because of concerns from some intelligence officials about using the N.S.A., without court oversight, to spy on a member of Congress.

Of course it wasn’t intentional?! The Obama administration doesn’t mean it! I mean “Come On!”

    Several intelligence officials, as well as lawyers briefed about the matter, said the N.S.A. had been engaged in “overcollection” of domestic communications of Americans. They described the practice as significant and systemic, although one official said it was believed to have been unintentional.


So are these collections of conversations/messages between citizens and suspected Al-Qaeda terrorists (I mean, disaffected individuals creating man-made disasters)?

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