The NSA CAN tap your home phone

The National Security Agency  has disclosed, in a secret Capitol Hill briefing, that thousands of analysts can listen to domestic phone calls. Not only does this disclosure shed more light on how the NSA's formidable eavesdropping apparatus works domestically, it also suggests the Justice Department has secretly interpreted federal surveillance law to permit thousands of low-ranking analysts to eavesdrop on phone calls.  Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat, disclosed this week that during the briefing he was told that the contents of a phone call could be accessed "simply based on an analyst deciding that."
Because the same legal standards that apply to phone calls also apply to e-mail messages, text messages, and instant messages, Nadler's disclosure indicates the NSA analysts could also access the contents of Internet communications without going before a court and seeking approval.
The disclosure appears to confirm some of the allegations made by Edward Snowden, a former NSA infrastructure analyst who leaked classified documents to The Guardian. Snowden said in a video interview that, while not all NSA analysts had this ability, he could from Hawaii "wiretap anyone from you or your accountant to a federal judge to even the president."  Read more.
[Thanks  BJS]