Just when you think the excuses can't get any lamer:
The Times has reported that despite a prohibition on eavesdropping on phone calls or e-mail messages that are regarded as purely domestic, the N.S.A. has accidentally intercepted what are thought to be a small number of communications in which each end was on American soil, due to technical confusion over what constitutes an "international" call.
Ah. That would explain their perpetual difficulty with the concept of "sovereignty," then.