The NSA's program had received ridicule because people believe that the NSA had access to the content of everyone's text messages and emails, which is not true. The program collected only 3 things about each communication: The sender's number, the receiver's number, and how often they communicate. In order to have access to content of a message, they needed a warrant. All they were looking for was for people communicating to know terrorists or terrorist organizations a lot over extended periods of time.
Even if you disagree with FISA and the NSA programs that are happening currently (and there are legitimate reasons for people to be, as many even in government have acknowledged) its hard to argue that they aren't consistent with FISA - the basis for the wiretaps were passed through the FISA courts.
The National Security Agency (NSA) overstepped its bounds with recent warrantless wiretapping and its revelation that the NSA keeps tabs on emails and electronic communications. The war on terror is over. Osama bin Laden is dead. It's time to end the NSA's indiscriminate policy of blanket monitoring of all electronic communications.
No, the NSA warrantless wiretapping in the United States is not consistent with the Foreign Intelligence Service Act, because post-September 11 legislation has amended FISA. FISA now includes warrantless wiretapping that relates to activities that are not backed by any government in particular. The programs are similar, but after 9/11 the program has become much more expansive, encompassing, and taken advantage of.
The NSA program was not consistent with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). They are getting good at overstepping their boundaries and this is just another case of them getting caught at doing something they have been doing for a long time now. Just like with them spying on American citizens for no reason at all.
The NSA program is essentially the warrantless wiretapping of several Americans and the warrantless data collection of the whole country. We are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, but that is simply not the case anymore. These policies are not consistent with the FISA and should be abolished immediately.
The NSA went before the FISA court, lied, and got away with it, because there was no respondent in the warrant requests, because the court is secret. The NSA was injuncted to discontinue part of its behavior, but continue unabated. Yes, much of its collections of info was within FISA, but it went so far beyond its mandate.
The NSA has broken not only the law, but the trust of the American people with their repeated abuses of power. In their attempts to review foreign information, they've breached the boundaries of privacy accorded by the Bill of Rights to the very people they're here to serve and protect.