On the 12th Day of Christmas – 12 Years of NSA Spying Revelations


The National Security Agency has declassified 12 years worth of reports from the organization to the President’s Intelligence Oversight Board (IOB). This NSA conducted this revealing action after an ACLU FOIA request to view the documents. Patrick Toomey, an attorney for the ACLU claimed the NSA’s  “show[s] an urgent need for greater oversight by all three branches of government.” The NSA countered this remark by claiming “vast majority” of incidents “involve[d] unintentional technical or human error.”


Some interesting findings include:

A NSA employee “searched her spouse’s personal telephone directory without his knowledge to obtain names and telephone numbers for targeting” in 2012.

Another analyst “disseminated” information on a U.S. citizen “to a foreign partner”


See the documents at:

NSA. “NSA Reports to the President’s Intelligence Oversight Board (IOB).” December 24, 2014.


See analysis of the documents at:

ACLU. The NSA is Coming to Town.” December 12, 2013.

Bloomberg. U.S. Spy Agency Reports Improper Surveillance of Americans.” December 24, 2014.

The Hill. NSA reports detail decade’s worth of privacy violations.” December 24, 2014.

The Intercept. “NSA DROPS CHRISTMAS EVE SURPRISE.” December 24, 2014.

PBS. NSA releases 12 years of damaging oversight reports on Christmas Eve.” December 25, 2014.

WSJ. NSA Forced to Spell Out Violations After Suit.” December 24, 2014.


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