According to a report from Circa.com, a Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act court has now found that the Obama administration violated its own guidelines (shocking, we know).
It radically expanded internet searches focused on American citizens in contravention of law.
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.
What does this mean in plain language? It means that the Obama administration increased the number of searches involving Americans by a factor of three, and unmasked far more Americans than before 2011.
Circa quotes the ACLU as stating that these are “some of the most serious [violations] to ever be documented and strongly call into question the US intelligence community’s ability to police itself.”
In October, just before the election, the NSA said that it told the court that it had boosted its surveillance, and even stated in April that the “NSA will no longer collect certain internet communications that merely mention a foreign intelligence target.”
When Trump came out and said that the Obama administration had “tapped” his wires in Trump Tower, many people thought the President was crazy.
Now, they might think differently.
The NSA has abused its privilege again! They aren’t doing a very good job of regaining the public’s trust.
And they are only adding to the flame when it comes to suspicions of politically-motivated surveillance.