The New York Times reported today that the National Security Agency (NSA) "had been engaged in 'over-collection' of domestic communications of Americans," by which the NSA would spy on "groups of Americans and collect their domestic communications without proper court authority." According to the Times, a review conducted over the course of the Presidential transition revealed "that the N.S.A. was improperly capturing information involving significant amounts of American traffic."
The Times also reported new information on "earlier domestic surveillance activities, including the agency’s attempt to wiretap a congressman without court approval on an overseas trip." In addition, "a senior F.B.I. agent recently came forward with what the inspector general’s office described as allegations of 'significant misconduct' in the surveillance program... Those allegations are said to involve the question of whether the N.S.A. targeted Americans in eavesdropping operations based on insufficient evidence tying them to terrorism."