More domestic spying issues at NSA
The New York Times has an important story in today's editions about the domestic spying program at the NSA, reporting that the super-secret Maryland-based agency "intercepted private email messages and phone calls of Americans in recent months on a scale that went beyond the broad legal limits" set by Congress last year.
The Times is reporting that the agency told Congress that it had trouble complying with the law, leading to "overcollection" of information.
On a related note, the Times also discloses that the NSA "tried to wiretap a member of Congress without a warrant," after obtaining information that the unidentified representative "was in contact" with an extremist with terrorist ties as part of a Congressional delegation to the Middle East in 2005 and 2006.
The developments provide a major national security test for the Obama administration, and will raise questions about an agency that prefers to operate with as little public attention as possible.