WASHINGTON -- The disclosure of a top secret internal audit that shows the
Several members of
“The American people rely on the intelligence community to provide forthright and complete information so that Congress and the courts can properly conduct oversight,” Sen.
"Congress must conduct rigorous oversight to ensure that all incidents of non-compliance are reported to the oversight committees and the FISA court in a timely and comprehensive manner, and that appropriate steps are taken to ensure violations are not repeated," she said.
The internal report, one of several that former NSA contractor Edward J. Snowden provided to the
Of the 2,776 violations cited in the May 2012 audit, 1,904 involved cases in which a foreigner whose cellphone was being wiretapped entered the United States, where court warrants are required for most eavesdropping.
In other cases, typos or other technical mistakes led to unauthorized collection of information on Americans.
In one case, an NSA analyst confused the international telephone country code for Egypt, 20, with the area code for
Another document instructed NSA analysts to carefully limit the information they provided to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which meets in secret to review and authorize NSA requests.
"While we do want to provide our F.A.A. overseers with the information they need, we DO NOT want to give them any extraneous information," the document said.
The F.A.A. is a reference to a law passed in 2008 that granted new authorities to the NSA in exchange for regular audits from the