NSA “Sincerely Regrets” Deleting All Bush-Era Surveillance Data It Was Ordered To Preserve

Donate

Originally appeared at Zero Hedge

There is a growing consensus among many observers in Washington that the national security agencies have become completely politicized over the past seventeen years and are now pursuing selfish agendas that actually endanger what remains of American democracy.

As Philip Giraldi notes, up until recently it has been habitual to refer to such activity as the Deep State, which is perhaps equivalent to the Establishment in that it includes financial services, the media, major foundations and constituencies, as well as lobbying groups, but we are now witnessing an evolutionary process in which the national security regime is exercising power independently.

NSA "Sincerely Regrets" Deleting All Bush-Era Surveillance Data It Was Ordered To Preserve

Nowhere is that “independence” of the ‘state within a state’ more evident than in the blatant and egregious news this week that The National Security Agency destroyed surveillance data it pledged to preserve in connection with pending lawsuits and apparently never took some of the steps it told a federal court it had taken to make sure the information wasn’t destroyed, according to recent court filings.

As Politico reports, the agency tells a federal judge that it is investigating and “sincerely regrets its failure.”

Since 2007, the NSA has been under court orders to preserve data about certain of its surveillance efforts that came under legal attack following disclosures that President George W. Bush ordered warrantless wiretapping of international communications after the 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S. In addition, the agency has made a series of representations in court over the years about how it is complying with its duties.

However, the NSA told U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey White in a filing on Thursday night and another little-noticed submission last year that the agency did not preserve the content of internet communications intercepted between 2001 and 2007 under the program Bush ordered. To make matters worse, backup tapes that might have mitigated the failure were erased in 2009, 2011 and 2016, the NSA said.

“The NSA sincerely regrets its failure to prevent the deletion of this data,” NSA’s deputy director of capabilities, identified publicly as “Elizabeth B.,” wrote in a declaration filed in October.

“NSA senior management is fully aware of this failure, and the Agency is committed to taking swift action to respond to the loss of this data.”

Defiance of a court order can result in civil or criminal contempt charges, as well as sanctions against the party responsible. So far, no one involved appears to have asked White to impose any punishment or sanction on the NSA over the newly disclosed episodes, although the details of what happened are still emerging.

“It’s really disappointing,” said David Greene, an attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has been leading the prolonged litigation over the program in federal court in San Francisco.

“The obligation’s been in place for a really long time now. … We had a major dust-up about it just a few years ago. This is definitely something that should’ve been found sooner.”

Word of the NSA’s foul-up is emerging just as Congress has extended for six years the legal authority the agency uses for much of its surveillance work conducted through U.S. internet providers and tech firms.

Antiwar activist Justin Raimondo believes that something like a civil war is coming, with the war party Establishment fighting to defend its privileged global order while many other Americans seek a return to normal nationhood with all that implies.

If true, the next few years will see a major internal conflict that will determine what kind of country the United States will be.

Donate

SouthFront

Do you like this content? Consider helping us!

  • 1691

    And NSA can not recover the deleted files? Really?

    • You can call me Al

      Yes, you choose now, whether to laugh or cry, because it is such s stupid excuse.

    • World_Eye

      Yes they can’t when it comes to destroying data all files either on hard drives or on what ever they have been stored are destroyed manually by crashing and burning all hard drives, same as google does when one of their hard drives gets corrupted and they replace it with new hard drive the old one goes in fire and before goes in fire its been drilled into it with driller.So pretty much same its been done when high ranking official comes to see the destroying of those data’s.

      • Terra Cotta Woolpuller

        Just nonsense about being unable to read corrupted drives and drilled old fantasies.

  • FlorianGeyer

    Its always the same anywhere really. The penalties for the ‘loss’ of evidence are often less than a proven crime using the evidence but one does not expect the National security Agency or any other government agencies to cover up their own crimes. This deplorable fact is the situation in the Zio-Mafia USA.

    • Анрэс Суарэс

      In fact, everybody expected it. Just look at the very long trail of crimes the USA has done as a Nation, destroying evidence is almost a tradition there.

      • FlorianGeyer

        And making false allegations is a habit the USA got from their bum-buddies in Israel :)

  • Garga

    Cui bono.
    Like so many other “accidents”, one would find a better explanation by simply asking “who benefits”?

    • RichardD
    • RichardD

      Exactly:

      “Discounting the Official Narrative as the absurdity it so clearly is, there are just two organisations on the entire planet with the expertise, assets, access and political protection necessary to have both executed 9/11 and effected its cover-up to date (ie the means). Both are Intelligence Agencies – the CIA and the Israeli Mossad whose motives were arguably the most compelling. Those motives dovetailed perfectly with the Neocon PNAC agenda, with it’s explicitly stated need for “…a catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor” [1] in order to mobilise US public opinion for already planned wars, the effects of which would be to destroy Israel’s enemies.”

      – 911, Israel Did It –

      https://wikispooks.com/wiki/9-11/Israel_did_it

    • TiredOfBsToo

      Things like this will keep happening until people like Judge Jeffrey White, decide to hold those responsible for their criminal violations and provide these criminals some much needed rest time in a federal prison cell. I’m sure that would deter others from committing the same types of criminal activity regardless of who their boss and/or politics is.

      • Nancy

        Google is paying $98 per-hr to do easy tasks onnet .. Labor Some few hours daily and enjoy greater time together with your own family … any individual can also have this…last Sunday I purchased a great new Mini Cooper after I been earnin $12587 past month .it is truly the easiest-work but you wont forgive yourself if you do not get it.!gx213v:➨➨➨ http://GoogleCashCareerMapOpportunity/earn/hourly ♥♥m♥g♥d♥l♥♥m♥♥s♥♥q♥y♥o♥c♥♥♥k♥♥♥l♥♥♥o♥c♥♥♥z♥♥♥n♥p♥a♥♥♥p♥♥d♥o♥♥h♥♥w♥♥♥v♥♥♥h:::::!yx872s:lhu

  • Tudor Miron

    “Oops! I did it again!”(c)

  • Bob

    Post 2000, the rise of the US Neo-Cons facilitated all of these shifts in US political power and culture. Neo-Con ideology has nothing to with either the US Constitution, nor with US sociology-political history. Rather, it is product of small cabal of interlopers, absolutely fixated on the middle east and with using the US military for absolute global power projection. For this small cabal, if the domestic US majority-population, and their political concerns, have to be politically silenced and repressed to achieve the Neo-Con ends – then so be it – and by any institutional means necessary.

  • Alexandra

    Equivalent to “My dog ate my homework”.

    • Justin

      hahaha u right!

  • RichardD
  • RichardD