NSA: Sorry We Deleted Evidence That Might Incriminate Us

5 min readJan 26, 2018


The National Security Agency (NSA), as if directed by the Coen Brothers themselves, have “accidentally” destroyed any and all surveillance data it swore to preserve under court order which could have been used as evidence to incriminate themselves in ongoing lawsuits, according to a new report from Politico.

Speaking to a U.S. District Court judge overseeing NSA lawsuits, such as a case pertaining to the unconstitutional programs of warrantless data collection and wiretapping of American citizens ordered by former President George W. Bush, the agency also revealed that all backup data also happen to have been erased in 2009, 2011 and as recently as 2016.

The agency proving exactly why judiciaries shouldn’t let the accused handle their own potentially incriminating evidence: it obstructs justice. Even just the appearance of foul-play puts the controversial agency, already exposed by both whistleblower Edward Snowden and news outlets like Wikileaks, into the completely-unreliable-beyond-parody territory.

“The NSA sincerely regrets its failure to prevent the deletion of this data,” said the agency’s deputy director of capabilities “Elizabeth B.,” her named redacted in October 2017 court filings obtained by Politico. “NSA senior management is fully aware of this failure, and the Agency is committed to taking swift action to respond to the loss of this data.”

In a court update released last Thursday, another named redacted NSA official, “Dr. Mark O.”, potentially trying to save face, claimed the data and backups were not “specifically targeted for deletion”, but rather “matched criteria that were broadly used to delete data of certain type.”

The updates goes on to allege this was somehow all because of a “broad housecleaning effort” in order to make more space for future data collection… potentially the same kind of data collection that, under court order, was expected to be audited by the judiciary to ensure it’s all fucking legal.

And, further more, this conduct already rings as sketchy. As pointed by staunchly left-wing political commentator Kyle Kulinski of Secular Talk: “so the NSA is using today’s


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