Response from spy agency is off target
Tuesday, members of Congress questioned Robert Litt, the top lawyer for the Director of National Intelligence, about the National Security Agency’s program of collecting communications records involving millions of Americans.
Litt said this: “Using the word ‘abuse’ in the context of the operation of the surveillance program is a little bit like saying the Department of Health and Human Services is abusing people because of the fact that the Obamacare websites don’t work properly.”
He then tried to blame NSA abuses on complex technology not working as it should.
We suspect DHHS officials would argue with that. Their website wasn’t designed (we assume) to spy on people, after all. Simply put, HealthCare.gov isn’t working as well as it should. The NSA program, it appears, has worked all too well.
“Blame the computer” just won’t do. The NSA has spied in detail on many people, including journalists. Again, it has collected some records on millions of people.
So, yes, abuse is the right word for it.