(National Sentinel) Crime: As a U.S. senator who would soon run for the nation’s highest elected office, Barack Obama lambasted then-President George W. Bush for directing the National Security Agency to illegally capture electronic data on nearly every American’s communications, even sponsoring legislation to make it even harder to do that.
Then, after he won the presidency, he adopted the very same unconstitutional policies to become the spyer-in-chief.
As reported by Circa, Obama’s NSA “routinely violated” privacy protections by scooping up and pouring over overseas intercepts, then failing to disclose the extent of the spying until just before GOP presidential nominee Donald J. Trump won the Nov. 8 election, “according to once top-secret documents that chronicle some of the most serious constitutional abuses to date by the U.S. intelligence community.”
The site noted further that Obama, unlike Bush, did not spy for the benefit of protecting Americans, but rather used the intelligence community as his own private political operation:
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 normally supportive court censured administration officials, saying the failure to disclose the extent of the violations earlier amounted to an “institutional lack of candor” and that the improper searches constituted a “very serious Fourth Amendment issue,” according to a recently unsealed court document dated April 26, 2017.
The admitted violations undercut one of the primary defenses that the intelligence community and Obama officials have used in recent weeks to justify their snooping into incidental NSA intercepts about Americans.
Previously, the web site reported that there was a three-fold increase in data searches by the NSA involving American citizens, as well as a resultant rise in unmasking of many U.S. persons caught up in those searches after Obama “loosened the privacy rules in 2011,” which turned out to be primarily for political purposes.
Obama sycophants like former National Security Advisor Susan Rice used Obama’s rule-change to argue their unmasking of (mostly Trump campaign officials) was fine and dandy, and that intel agencies were “strictly monitored to avoid abuses,” Circa reported.
Yeah, not so much, as the FISA court found.
“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 unsealed court ruling noted, Circa reported. “The Oct. 26, 2016 notice informed the court that NSA analysts had been conducting such queries inviolation of that prohibition, with much greater frequency than had been previously disclosed to the Court.”
In an interview with Fox News on Tuesday, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said essentially that something stinks here – and badly.
“If we determine this to be true, this is an enormous abuse of power,” Paul said, stating he believed there was a concerted effort by the Obama regime to unmask more Americans. “This will dwarf all other stories.”
“There are hundreds and hundreds of people,” Paul added.
The big scandal story in D.C. is not the “Trump-Russia collusion” BS, but the serial abuse, for political purposes, of the U.S. intelligence community by one of the most corrupt presidents in history, Barack Hussein Obama.