I doubt I have to explain what’s wrong with this story, excerpted from article for the Washington Examiner. Some things speak for themselves:
The National Security Agency said Thursday it collected more domestic call records than allowed, and as a result has been mass-deleting call records across a three-year period.
The NSA said in a statement that on May 23 it “began deleting all call detail records (CDRs) acquired since 2015 under Title V of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.”
“NSA is deleting the CDRs because several months ago NSA analysts noted technical irregularities in some data received from telecommunications service providers,” the agency said in its statement.
The irregularities “resulted in the production to NSA of some CDRs that NSA was not authorized to receive,” the statement said.
The NSA said it notified congressional oversight committees and the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board. The agency said it also informed the Justice Department, which notified the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.
“Because it was infeasible to identify and isolate properly produced data, NSA concluded that it should not use any of the CDRs. Consequently, NSA, in consultation with the Department of Justice and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, decided that the appropriate course of action was to delete all CDRs,” the NSA said.
It’s not immediately clear if any group will argue the deletion violates active preservation of evidence orders. Attorneys at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, one prominent group with preservation orders, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The EFF has court orders preventing the NSA from deleting vast swaths of data, including five years worth of dragnet call record data spanning 2010 to 2015. That data must be stored in non-searchable form, pursuant to surveillance court orders. EFF views data preservation as necessary to prove alleged violations of the Fourth Amendment.
In October, the NSA admitted that it deleted some records it had been ordered to preserve. The records included internet communications intercepted from 2001 to 2007.
Just figured you’d up and do that, guys? No political component to obliterating documents that might have some bearing on, oh, I don’t know, say, the mueller “investigation”? Or Hillary Clinton’s activities while her family “foundation” was racking up hundreds of millions of dollars from foreign interests?
Well, they’re gone now. (Or are they? Some people feel you can never truly get rid of files like these). So all we can do is guess.
What’s your guess?