(CBS NEWS) At least 12 employees with the National Security Agency have intentionally misused the government’s surveillance authority in the last decade, according to an inspector general’s report provided to Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.
These employees weren’t surveying potential terrorists or enemies of the state – the targets of spying abuse, in a majority of the 12 violations, were the employees’ significant others.
In one instance, a civilian NSA employee who suspected her husband had been unfaithful queried a foreign telephone numbers she’d discovered in her husband’s cell phone. The query resulted in her husband’s voice collection. The NSA inspector general determined a violation had occurred, referring the matter to the agency’s general counsel, but the employee resigned before she was formally disciplined.