The NSA has “information overload,” according to a newly leaked internal report.
The NSA “is in an enormous information overload,” the document said.
In the report, the NSA’s top secret Information Assurance Directorate (IAID) acknowledged that it is “not providing as much information as we need to to make informed decisions about our activities,” but it acknowledged that “the Agency is able to do this because of the vast number of information assets available to us.”
The report notes that “at this time, we have approximately 500 agents, analysts, and analysts analysts [sic] working across multiple facilities.”
In other words, the intelligence community is not just overwhelmed, but “is now also overwhelmed by the amount of information.”
The NSA has been under fire since Edward Snowden revealed the existence of a massive domestic surveillance program known as PRISM, which has allowed the NSA to access hundreds of millions of user data on Americans.
The revelation of the program triggered a wave of protests and a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, which claimed the program was illegal.
A group of journalists and academics, including The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald, have been pushing for a full public disclosure of the PRISM program.
A public report on the program would provide the public with a more complete picture of how the NSA is spying on Americans, and help bring more transparency to the program.