According to a very interesting report via Circa News, US intelligence agencies conducted illegal surveillance on Americans for a number of years during Barack Obama’s tenure in the White House. The report is based on leaked classified information and obviously, it confirms once again what we’ve all suspected for years, due to revelations from various (NSA) whistle blowers like Edward Snowden exposing the darkest of the deep-state secrets.
The leaked intel shows how former President Barry Obama’s National Security Agency routinely disregarded (read violated) American citizens privacy protections while engaging in overseas intercepts of foreign nationals. Also, the NSA failed to reveal the full extent of these huge privacy issues until Barack Obama’s last days in office, just before The Donald was elected POTUS last fall.
According to a classified NSA internal report, one out of 20 searches (5%) looking for upstream internet-data exposing American citizens using NSA’s Section 702 database violated the 2011 safeguards put in place by Barack Obama’s administration, safeguards all intel agencies chiefs vowed to enforce.
Just 2 weeks prior to Donald Trump’s election, the Obama administration privacy-violation issues were revealed before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) at a closed door hearing on October 26th.
Even if FISA is well known for rubber-stamping all the spying/surveillance activity of the deep state against both American people and foreign entities, this time the court decided that NSA’s improper searches were in violation of the US Constitution (the 4th amendment) and they make for what has been described as a institutional lack of candor.
After Barack Obama gave the deep state more power via loosening the privacy rules back in 2011, there has been reported a 3x increase in National Security Agency’s data searches regarding American citizens, together with a spike in unmasking the identities of intercepted US persons in intel reports. Even if Obama era officials like Susan Rice claimed that NSA’s snooping ops were legal and the agency was strictly monitored for preventing abuses, both NSA’s internal watchdog and the FISA court found the respective claim to be false:
“Since 2011, NSA’s minimization procedures have prohibited use of U.S.-person identifiers to query the results of upstream Internet collections under Section 702. The Oct. 26, 2016 notice informed the court that NSA analysts had been conducting such queries in violation of that prohibition, with much greater frequency than had been previously disclosed to the Court.”
— Circa (@Circa) May 24, 2017
If you want to play a fun game, change the name from “Obama” to “Trump” and watch how breathless the media becomes.
A blast from the past: