Scandal is doing something wrong intentionally and then covering it up, followed by getting caught in the act.
The NSA tried a method of culling email and phone conversations to identify links among terrorists and those with high profile propensity. The method didn’t work, and innocent citizens were caught in the net.
NSA discovered its own mistake and reported it to the court. After that, with both its own recognizance and court push, the NSA shut down the dubious program.
Where is the scandal in that? There isn’t any.
When fighting terrorism and trying to protect Americans, it is sometimes necessary to take risks, but when it comes to compromising privacy and freedom, those calls require three branches of government to gain alignment with the citizens being fully informed about the process.
Scandal is an NSA leaker working in concert with WikiLeaks and The Guardian news service in a manner that exposes American secrets by breaking the law.
“This was not in any respect an intentional or wholesale breach of privacy of American persons,” Robert S. Litt III, the general counsel for the Office of the Director of the National Intelligence, said Wednesday.
Officials stressed that it was the NSA that brought the collection method to the court’s attention as part of its regular reporting process.”