“Love-int”? NSA employees code name for spying on their lovers


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NSA employees spied on their lovers using eavesdropping programme

Staff working at America’s National Security Agency – the eavesdropping unit that was revealed to have spied on millions of people – have used the technology to spy on their lovers.

NSA employees spied on their lovers using eavesdropping programme

It was disclosed that the NSA had broken privacy rules on nearly 3,000 occasions over a one-year period.  Photo: REX FEATURES

11:18AM BST 24 Aug 2013

The employees even had a code name for the practice – “Love-int” – meaning the gathering of intelligence on their partners.

Dianne Feinstein, a senator who chairs the Senate intelligence committee, said the NSA told her committee about a set of “isolated cases” that have occurred about once a year for the last 10 years. The spying was not within the US, and was carried out when one of the lovers was abroad.

One employee was disciplined for using the NSA’s resources to track a former spouse, the Associated Press said.

Last week it was disclosed that the NSA had broken privacy rules on nearly 3,000 occasions over a one-year period.

John DeLong, NSA chief compliance officer, said that those errors were mainly unintentional, but that there have been “a couple” of wilful violations in the past decade.

“When we make mistakes, we detect, we correct and we report,” said Mr DeLong.

The NSA issued a statement on Friday saying: “NSA has zero tolerance for wilful violations of the agency’s authorities” and responds “as appropriate.”

Mrs Feinstein said: “Clearly, any case of noncompliance is unacceptable, but these small numbers of cases do not change my view that NSA takes significant care to prevent any abuses and that there is a substantial oversight system in place.

“When errors are identified, they are reported and corrected.”

The extent of American spying on its citizens and foreigners through the NSA and its “Prism” programme were revealed by Edward Snowden, a whistleblower, who fled to Russia where he has claimed temporary asylum.

12 thoughts on ““Love-int”? NSA employees code name for spying on their lovers

  1. So, who goes to jail? And, if no one goes to jail, where is the rule of law? And, if there is no rule of law, why are we still obeying these people? And if we are obeying them simply because they have the power to enforce their will on ours, then what is that called? 😉


    Never mind though, why do “YOU” care if you aren’t doing anything “wrong”.

    How many NSA employees have spied upon their “loved ones”, merely because they can and/or because the temptation is simply “too great”?

    So many NSA employees, so many times, that the term “love-int” was coined.

    The “3,000” number is only for the Washington area. Multiply that number across all the nation to get a realistic idea of the amount of “phone calls” being “illegally” listened in on. If you truly refuse to believe ANY amount of listening to US citizens is legal….

    What were those straightforward words?
    “THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution.”
    . . .
    “Amendment IV

    The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

    Bill of Rights

  3. Since there are in excess of 40,000 NSA employees, I would bet big time that 3000 is an extremely low number for how many times this has occurred. Once it happened the first time and he/she told co-workers about it, I am sure it blossomed out of control. Think about it, if you had the spy equipment NSA has at it’s disposal and you had even the least suspicion that your significant other was messing around and you were 99.99% sure it would never get leaked that you did it …………………….

    • Dusty wasn’t the Close to 3000 Number just from 2012 alone…….that there were at least a 1000 a year since 2008/2009 ??

      So we are potentially looking at 9000 to 10,000 unlawful Spying on private average American citizens……AT LEAST. But I agree the total amount is probably MUCH larger .

        • YIKES !!

          I wonder If someone spied on their SO and later ditched them because there was nothing “Spicey” to hear or see ? And they raelized they married a Boring Person.
          Stranger things have happened !

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