Gov’t acknowledges some surveillance exceeded legal limits


By: Pete Yost

Posted: July 20th, 2012

In a rare move, the Obama administration acknowledged Friday that the government’s surveillance efforts have exceeded legal limits on at least one occasion.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence made the comment in a letter to Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden.

Wyden is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. The Oregon Democrat has suggested that the government may be reviewing the emails and phone calls of law-abiding Americans in the U.S. who are at the other end of communications being monitored abroad by the U.S. government.

Without specifying what the issue is, the intelligence office told Wyden that the administration has addressed any concerns and that the government’s efforts in the intelligence realm undergo close scrutiny from Congress and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

The intelligence office was responding to an assertion by Wyden that on at least one occasion, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court held that an intelligence collection effort was “unreasonable under the Fourth Amendment” requirement to obtain a court warrant.

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  1. Thanks Pete for this informative post. I hope our Government soon essential steps to deal with those surveillances for exceeding legal limits. I think it's a big concern and need to solve ASAP.