September 27th, 2013
06:08 AM ET

NSA officers spied on love interests

The National Security Agency's internal watchdog detailed a dozen instances in the past decade in which its employees intentionally misused the agency's surveillance power, in some cases to snoop on their love interests.

A letter from the NSA's inspector general responding to a request by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, lists the dozen incidents where the NSA's foreign intelligence collection systems were abused. The letter also says there are two additional incidents now under investigation and another allegation pending that may require an investigation.

At least six of the incidents were referred to the Justice Department for possible prosecution or additional action; none appear to have resulted in charges. The letter doesn't identify the employees.

Several of the cases involve so-called "Loveint" violations.

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  1. rupert

    I know of three female blogers that i would like to spy on.
    They know who they are♥

    September 27, 2013 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    Lol @ rupert and i promise you that you would be very very bored spying on me! But if you're up for it today im taking my friend for her chemo treatment today. Then its laundry time after that. Could use some help folding though!

    September 27, 2013 at 8:16 am | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Lol @ rupert i promise you would be very bored, unless laundry is a turn on for you? If so i could use some help folding clothes!

    September 27, 2013 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    As for THIS topic anyone with half a brain would have to know that no good would come of this! And the US is not convincing anyone, least of all its own citizens, that they everyones best interests at heart! Its dishonest and evil.

    September 27, 2013 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    Oops "have everyones" i meant to say.

    September 27, 2013 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Thank you CNN for deleting my on topic post. So ill say it AGAIN! The US gov HAD to know that no good was gonna come of this. Not to mention its just dishonest!

    September 27, 2013 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    Guess we aren't supposed to post on this topic?? It IS dishonest and was only a matter of time before it went wrong!

    September 27, 2013 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    I wouldn't expect anything else. It's not that NSA officers are bad. Rather, it's that very few humans are ethical enough to put national interests ahead of their personal lives.

    September 27, 2013 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  9. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    The NSA was wrong...period. This story is only here to brainwash you of the real scandal.

    September 27, 2013 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    Good morning@chrissy@Jeff
    Privacy as we have known it was no longer protected and this was going on for sometime.
    The extent of snooping and surveillance of citizens is still not known to the public. NSA is expanding its facility to a mind boggling scope at tax payers account.
    rest assured folks.

    September 27, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    Really, now? 🙄

    September 27, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    Well @banasy.
    I just had the urge to repeat what everyone already knows. Can't shout loud or often enough that sort of thing.

    September 27, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    Lmao @ saywhat! Rest as sured you say? I will sleep so much better tonite ty. Lol.

    September 27, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Two fish in a tank one says to the other

    "How do you drive this thing"

    September 27, 2013 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jeppi

    This is wrong on so many levels...

    September 27, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
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