The agency says "technical irregularities" were found in customer data collected from telecommunications companies. Data security and privacy rights advocates say the move shows deep flaws in the program.
The change aims to fix a security clearance system whose weaknesses were exposed by the case of a Navy contractor who gunned down a dozen people at Washington's Navy Yard in 2013.
The special counsel can already get all the answers to his questions from the NSA.
The former FBI chief has been a central figure in the gutting of the Fourth Amendment and in trying to make sure the government can break your encryption and spy on you.
Caitlin Johnstone raises concern that these consultants' investment in the U.S. power establishment can lead to poor analyses.
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Reauthorization Act, which Congress recently passed, lets the government spy on a variety of personal internet communications.
Citing documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden, the report raises concern about potential use of the highly refined software against civilians.
Whistleblower Edward Snowden joins those urging officials to release a document that's said to have information about government abuses.