Thursday, May 4, 2017

"President Obama's team sought NSA intel on thousands of Americans during the 2016 election"

Via Drudge:  The Obama administration distributed thousands of intelligence reports with the unredacted names of U.S. residents during the 2016 election.
During his final year in office, President Obama's team significantly expanded efforts to search National Security Agency intercepts for information about Americans, distributing thousands of intelligence reports across government with the unredacted names of U.S. residents during the midst of a divisive 2016 presidential election.

The data, made available this week by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, provides the clearest evidence to date of how information accidentally collected by the NSA overseas about Americans was subsequently searched and disseminated after President Obama loosened privacy protections to make such sharing easier in 2011 in the name of national security. A court affirmed his order.

The revelations are particularly sensitive since the NSA is legally forbidden from directly spying on Americans and its authority to conduct warrantless searches on foreigners is up for renewal in Congress later this year. And it comes as lawmakers investigate President Trump's own claims that his privacy was violated by his predecessor during the 2016 election.

In all, government officials conducted 30,355 searches in 2016 seeking information about Americans in NSA intercept metadata, which include telephone numbers and email addresses. The activity amounted to a 27.5 percent increase over the prior year and more than triple the 9,500 such searches that occurred in 2013, the first year such data was kept.

The government in 2016 also scoured the actual contents of NSA intercepted calls and emails for 5,288 Americans, an increase of 13 percent over the prior year and a massive spike from the 198 names searched in 2013.

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Trooper York said...

President Trump should hit this hard.

"Obama spied on you. I stopped it."

Keep repeating that so that even the biased enemy press has to report it.

Methadras said...

I wonder if I was on that list. I'd pretty much advocated hanging that half-breed zebra traitor from a lamp post over Pennsylvania Ave.

ndspinelli said...

The NSA needs to be disbanded.

Trooper York said...

I agree. We don't need it to stop terrorism. Just ban Muslims and we will be fine.

Methadras said...

Banning frankly isn't good enough. It's a start, but it won't end.