For the Obama Administration Illegal Spying was Routine

The NSA claimed the illegal spying was inadvertent, but the FISA Court accused them of lack of candor.

Remember the notorious tweets by President Trump claiming the Obama Administration engaged in illegal spying on his campaign? The media mocked and reviled Trump for making such an accusation. Susan Rice denied it ever happened. Then it was revealed that Rice was actually the one who had ordered that the transcripts be “unmasked” to reveal the names of Trump associates. She had been lying.

Now we have confirmation of what many of us suspected, that Barack Obama spied on many Americans. In fact, much of this was illegal spying. According to, “Obama intel agency secretly conducted illegal searches on Americans for years.”

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The National Security Agency under former President Barack Obama routinely violated American privacy protections while scouring through overseas intercepts and failed to disclose the extent of the problems until the final days before Donald Trump was elected president last fall, according to once top-secret documents that chronicle some of the most serious constitutional abuses to date by the U.S. intelligence community.

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, according to one classified internal report reviewed by Circa.

The Obama administration self-disclosed the problems at a closed-door hearing Oct. 26 before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that set off alarm. Trump was elected less than two weeks later.

The FISA court was not impressed, accusing the NSA of an “institutional lack of candor.”

The entire article is well worth reading. The timing of the disclosure raises the possibility that the Obama Administration suddenly realized that Donald Trump would win and as President learn what Obama’s NSA had been doing.

Read the full article here.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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