The National Security Agency (NSA) disclosed in a classified Capitol Hill briefing that it didn't obtain court orders to listen in on Americans' phone calls.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat, made the disclosure on Thursday to members of Congress, CNET reports. The authorization extended to emails and text messages too.
According to CNET, "the Justice Department has secretly interpreted federal surveillance law to permit thousands of low-ranking analysts to eavesdrop on phone calls."
In light of this most recent disclosure, it comes as no surprise that the Obama administration has quietly spent $2.2 BILLION dollars handing out free Obama phones to poor people (mostly blacks and Hispanics).
The reason for this wasteful expenditure of taxpayers' money is simple: it's easier to listen in on phone calls if everyone has a phone.
A worker for one of the wireless companies contracted by the Obama Administration to give away free phones to the poor will be fired after telling an undercover investigator that he could do anything he wanted with the phone -- even buy heroine.
The undercover investigator, posing as a low-income resident, asked a TerraCom saleswoman if he could pawn the free phone for drug money.
The saleswoman responded: "If you're interested in ... wanting to know how much the phone's worth, [I] recommend you go to any pawn shop. They'll be more than happy to tell you, OK?"
From Daily Mail UK:
The Obama Phone... is a project of the Federal Communications Commission's 'Lifeline' program, which makes land line and mobile phones available to Americans who meet low-income requirements.
Lifeline was a $2.19 billion program in 2012.
Recipients most commonly demonstrate their need by flashing an Electronic Benefits Transfer card to verify their eligibility for welfare payments, or by bringing tax statements to a phone provider.
The phones' legitimate purposes include poverty-level job applicants' use as contact numbers for job interviews and emergency contacts for children of single parents.
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