EXPOSED: Obama CHANGED RULES and Spied on Americans for Years
I don’t understand why Obama and his cronies aren’t already in jail. And when you finish reading this, you won’t either.
Recently unsealed top secret documents reveal that the Obama administration committed serious constitutional abuses of Americans’ liberties under cover of the U.S. intelligence community.
A shocking new report by Circa News revealed that the NSA under the direction of former president Obama continually violated the privacy rights of American citizen while scanning overseas intercepts.
Moreover, in the spirit of transparency, the Obama administration also “failed to disclose the extent of the problems“, until their spying outlived its usefulness.
Two weeks before Trump was elected, Obama cronies admitted to the spying at a closed-door hearing before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA).
As it turns out,
“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.”
Another report by Circa exposed the extent of Obama’s privacy violations.
During Obama’s second term, the NSA’s illegal searches of Americans surged. Obama officials vastly expanded their searches of sensitive data on Americans during NSA surveillance of foreign targets.
As reported here, the numbers are staggering.
“In 2013, there were 9,500 searches and officials scoured the content of calls and emails of 198 Americans.”
“In 2016, there were well over 30-thousand (30,355) searches, and actual content of nearly 53-hundred (5,288) Americans was scoured through.”
That’s a mighty big jump, and the timing is interesting to say the least.
NSA acknowledges wrongdoing
Agency officials called the violations “inadvertent compliance lapses.”
But the court and IG documents suggest the NSA has no process in place to comply with the rules they submitted to FISA in 2011.
So these violations were no accident, but rather, utter incompetence.
From the Obama administration, that comes as no surprise.
Many of the laws that protect American privacy were ignored by the Obama administration.
In fact, Obama loosened the privacy rules in 2011. Then, Obama officials pointed to their own rules (that they weren’t following) as justification for their “incidental” snooping.
Fox and hen house, much?
The result of Obama relaxed rules was a three-fold increase in NSA data searches about Americans. In addition, there was a corresponding rise in the unmasking of Americans’ identities in intelligence reports.
Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice claimed she did nothing illegal under Obama’s rule changes. However, Rice also refused to appear at a Congressional hearing to answer for her unmasking of Americans incidentally captured in intelligence operations.
Rice’s justified whatever acts she committed, saying that all her “activities were legal, proper, and not politically-motivated.”
And we’re just supposed to take her word for it.
“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.”
Although intelligence officials like Rice claim intelligence agencies are strictly monitored to avoid abuse, these declassified documents prove otherwise.
Both the FISA court’s and the NSA’s own internal watchdog found that claim to be patently false.
FISA’s Response to Obama’s Criminal Behavior: A Slap on the Wrist
According to a recently unsealed court document dated April 26, 2017:
“The FISA court censured Obama administration officials, calling the failure to disclose the extent of their violations sooner, an “institutional lack of candor.”
But the court went further, condemning the improper searches as a “very serious Fourth Amendment issue.”
These unsealed documents reveal that Obama officials haven’t complied with privacy rules for years. And the FISA court itself described the NSA culture as lying and deceptive.
This brazenly criminal contempt for the U.S. Constitution that Obama swore to defend must be answered.
If the congressional oversight committees or the Department of Justice Department believe in the law, they will bring indictments against the Obama administration for violating the rights of thousands of American citizens.