DECLASSIFIED MEMOS SHOW OBAMA NSA AND FBI VIOLATED AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES BY SPYING ON US CITIZENS

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
By Paul Martin

“Americans should be alarmed that the NSA is vacuuming up their emails and phone calls without a warrant,” said Patrick Toomey, an ACLU staff attorney in New York who helped pursue the FOIA litigation. “The NSA claims it has rules to protect our privacy, but it turns out those rules are weak, full of loopholes, and violated again and again.”

by Geoffrey Grider
NowTheEndBegins.com
July 25, 2017

THE NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY AND FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION VIOLATED SPECIFIC CIVIL LIBERTY PROTECTIONS DURING THE OBAMA YEARS BY IMPROPERLY SEARCHING AND DISSEMINATING RAW INTELLIGENCE ON AMERICANS OR FAILING TO PROMPTLY DELETE UNAUTHORIZED INTERCEPTS, ACCORDING TO NEWLY DECLASSIFIED MEMOS THAT PROVIDE SOME OF THE RICHEST DETAIL TO DATE ON THE SPY AGENCIES’ ABILITY TO OBEY THEIR OWN RULES.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The fake news media cannot get enough of the phony Trump-Russian collusion hoax in 2017, but from 2008 to 2016 they completely ignored the real ‘smoking gun’ story. President Obama and his administration oversaw one of the greatest violations of American civil liberties in our 241 year history. Obama ordered our main intelligence agencies to spy on average American citizens, the fake news media knew about it and covered it up. That’s the real news.

The memos reviewed by The Hill were publicly released on July 11 through Freedom of Information Act litigation by the American Civil Liberties Union. They detail specific violations that the NSA or FBI disclosed to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court or the Justice Department’s national security division during President Obama’s tenure between 2009 and 2016. The intelligence community isn’t due to report on compliance issues for 2017, the first year under the Trump administration, until next spring.

The NSA says that the missteps amount to a small number — less than 1 percent — when compared to the hundreds of thousands of specific phone numbers and email addresses the agencies intercepted through the so-called Section 702 warrantless spying program created by Congress in late 2008.

“Quite simply, a compliance program that never finds an incident is not a robust compliance program,” said Michael T. Halbig, the NSA’s chief spokesman. “…The National Security Agency has in place a strong compliance program that identifies incidents, reports them to external overseers, and then develops appropriate solutions to remedy any incidents.”

But critics say the memos undercut the intelligence community’s claim that it has robust protections for Americans incidentally intercepted under the program.

“Americans should be alarmed that the NSA is vacuuming up their emails and phone calls without a warrant,” said Patrick Toomey, an ACLU staff attorney in New York who helped pursue the FOIA litigation. “The NSA claims it has rules to protect our privacy, but it turns out those rules are weak, full of loopholes, and violated again and again.”

Section 702 empowers the NSA to spy on foreign powers and to retain and use certain intercepted data that was incidentally collected on Americans under strict privacy protections. Wrongly collected information is supposed to be immediately destroyed.

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