Would it shock you to hear Obama lied to the American people about NSA spying? Probably not considering that during his entire eight years in the Oval Office he was caught in numerous scandals from Fast & Furious to the Iran nuke deal to the IRS scandal that targeted Republicans. The list goes on and on. It is safe to say he is far from a trustworthy guy and these scandals are just the tip of the iceberg. Do you remember when he said “If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor? If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.” That turned out to be a total lie, and years later Americans all over the country are still suffering due to the continuing effects of the disaster that is “Obamacare.” Now, new information is coming forward that proves once again that Obama is a liar and never had the American people’s best interests at heart.
Newly declassified documents reveal that the NSA under the Obama administration was caught spying on the American people. Even though our beloved Commander in Chief Obama assured us that was never the case, these documents proved quite the opposite. How much more will it take for this guy to be brought up on charges? He needs to be locked away.
According to The Hill:
The National Security Agency and FBI violated specific civil liberty protections during the Obama administration 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.
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 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.
Basically what these memos are saying is that although the Obama Administration told the American people they were protecting our privacy, they were in fact invading our privacy. What a shocker!
The Hill went on to say there also were several instances in which Americans’ unmasked names were improperly shared inside the intelligence community without being redacted, a violation of the so-called minimization procedures that Obama loosened in 2011 that are supposed to protect Americans’ identity from disclosure when they are intercepted without a warrant. Numerous times improperly unmasked information about Americans had to be recalled and purged after the fact, the memos stated.
See how they said, “supposed to?” This is just another reason people should never blindly trust government no matter who is in power. Blindly following a leader is a dangerous notion.
“CIA and FBI received unminimized data from many Section 702-tasked facilities and at times are thus required to conduct similar purges,” one report noted.
“NSA issued a report which included the name of a United States person whose identity was not foreign intelligence,” said one typical incident report from 2015, which said the NSA eventually discovered the error and “recalled” the information.
This is exactly why the government cannot be given even an inch on these very important issues because as the saying goes, “you give an inch and they take a mile.” This is most definitely the case in this particular situation. Of course, Liberals will dismiss this story and ignore the facts much like they always do. They will continue to blindly follow their leaders without ever questioning their true intentions. The government is supposed to be kept in check and should never have the power that they possess. Hopefully, the Trump Administration continues to look into this story and does something about it because Obama deserves to be locked away for his treason on the very people he swore to protect.
H/T The Hill