More stories are emerging about the NSA abusing its surveillance power.
In fact, the agency has broken privacy rules thousands of times a year going all the way back to 2008 when Congress granted the agency broad new powers.
The Washington Post reports that the most serious incidents were violation of a court order and unauthorized use of information on more than 3,000 Americans and green card holders.
In one case, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court learned about a new collection method many months after it started.
The court is supposed to have authority over some NSA operations.
But according to The Post, U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton, the chief of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Court, admitted that he lacks the capability to investigate the compliance record of NSA surveillance programs.
"The FISC is forced to rely upon the accuracy of the information that is provided to the Court," Walton said.
"The FISC does not have the capacity to investigate issues of noncompliance," he added. "And in that respect the FISC is in the same position as any other court when it comes to enforcing compliance with its orders."