Obama intel agency secretly conducted illegal searches on Americans for years

Posted by on May 24, 2017 at 8:59 am

The National Security Agency under former President Barack Obama routinely violated American privacy protections while scouring through overseas intercepts and failed to disclose the extent of the problems until the final days before Donald Trump was elected president last fall, according to once top-secret documents that chronicle some of the most serious constitutional abuses to date by the U.S. intelligence community.

More than 5 percent, or one out of every 20 searches seeking upstream Internet data on Americans inside the NSA’s so-called Section 702 database violated the safeguards Obama and his intelligence chiefs vowed to follow in 2011, according to one classified internal report reviewed by Circa.

The Obama administration self-disclosed the problems at a closed-door hearing Oct. 26 before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that set off alarm. Trump was elected less than two weeks later.

The normally supportive court censured administration officials, saying the failure to disclose the extent of the violations earlier amounted to an “institutional lack of candor” and that the improper searches constituted a “very serious Fourth Amendment issue,” according to a recently unsealed court document dated April 26, 2017.

The admitted violations undercut one of the primary defenses that the intelligence community and Obama officials have used in recent weeks to justify their snooping into incidental NSA intercepts about Americans.

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2 Responses to “Obama intel agency secretly conducted illegal searches on Americans for years”

  1. toad turd soup on 24/24/17 at 7:36 pm

    Remember that time Auntie Maxipad said he was building a spy apparatus that would make the Gestapo and Stasi proud?
    It was probably a slip on the brave resistance hero’s part but it looks like she may have told the truth for once.

  2. Neo on 30/30/17 at 3:40 pm

    That investigation, spearheaded by current Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, found that former Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff James Cartwright, who had been dubbed “Obama’s General,” was behind the leak and later lied to the FBI about it. Obama pardoned Cartwright earlier this year.

    A Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Obama Administration was pardoned for leaks and lying to the FBI ?

    Scooter Libby … call your office.