From The Hill, regarding Greenwald’s restated assertion that low-level NSA analysts can listen to To the phone calls or read the emails of U.S. Persons without a warrant:
“These programs are, are very simple screens, like the ones that supermarket clerks or shipping and receiving clerks use, where all an analyst has to do is enter an email address or an IP address, and it does two things,” Greenwald explained. “It searches that database and lets them listen to the calls or read the emails of everything that the NSA has stored, or look at the browsing histories or Google search terms that you’ve entered, and it also alerts them to any further activity that people connected to that email address or that IP address do in the future.
“It’s all done with no need to go to a court, with no need to even get supervisor approval on the part of the analyst,” he added.
Greenwald said that he would publish a new story in the coming week with details on the access given to low-level analysts and contractors.
If Greenwald and the Guardian publish irrefutable evidence supporting this claim, it would fully justify repeal.