For John, BLUF: The New York Times was basically correct, back on 20 January. Nothing to see here; just move along.
MASKING:—NSA has wide discretion to conduct surveillance on people outside of the US, but there are supposed to be legal barriers to snooping on US citizens. If the NSA picks up communications from a US citizen in the course of monitoring a foreign national, it is practice to "mask" the identity of the US person. Additionally, the identification of a US citizen mentioned in discussions between two foreign nationals is supposed to be masked.
Source is CNN.
UNMASKING: When the Government exposes who these "masked" people are.
This is from Mr Mike Cernovich and The Medium.
Remember the line "When in charge, take charge." In the Obama White House not so much.
I apparently will be needing a tag for Ms Susan Rice. I used to think that she was a smart woman, abused any her masters in the White House. Like when she was put out on the weekend talk shows to defend the Administration position on Benghazi. I am moving away from that position. And making her the fall guy for this action is just part of the pattern of her being abused, and her accepting it.
Maybe we need a new Church Committee.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff