New govt report shows how they subverted the constitution so the NSA could spy on everyone

Monday, April 27, 2015
By Paul Martin
Monday, April 27, 2015

A new report titled “Unclassified report on the president’s surveillance program” documents the secret NSA program code-named Stellarwind. The report was a joint project in 2009 by inspectors general for five intelligence and law enforcement agencies.

Mass surveillance of Americans was authorized by President George W. Bush under the ‘President’s Surveillance Program’ (PSP).

It was withheld from the public until now!

The U.S. govt released a redacted version to The New York Times in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

The report explains how the Bush administration came to tell the chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court at the time of the Sept. 11 attacks, Royce C. Lamberth, about the program’s existence in early 2002.

James A. Baker, who was the DOJ’s top intelligence lawyer, had not been told about the program. The report says he came across “strange, unattributed” language in an application for an ordinary surveillance warrant and figured it out, then insisted on telling Judge Lamberth.

Mr. Baker is now the general counsel to the FBI.

It also says that Mr. Baker developed procedures to make sure that warrant applications using information from Stellarwind went only to the judges who knew about the program: first Judge Lamberth and then his successor, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly.

The White House would not let Judge Kollar-Kotelly keep a copy of a letter written by a DOJ lawyer, John C. Yoo, explaining the claimed legal basis of the program, and it rejected a request by Attorney General John Ashcroft to tell his deputy, Larry Thompson, about the program.

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