The National Security Agency (NSA), according to the report, “routinely violated American privacy protections” and “failed to disclose the extent of the problems until the final days before Donald Trump was elected president.”
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) claim these newly disclosed violations rank as some of the most serious to ever be documented.
Neema Singh Guliani, the ACLU’s legislative counsel in Washington, said “I think what this emphasizes is the shocking lack of oversight of these programs.”
Even more shocking, the data picked up by the NSA effected one in every twenty Americans.
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.
Senator Rand Paul caused a bit of an uproar when he claimed earlier this month that he and another Senator may have been under surveillance by the former administration.
“I know one other senator who’s already confided to me that he was surveilled by the Obama administration, including his phone calls,” Paul told Fox News.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) May 5, 2017
That report cited by Paul lifted the curtain on Obama’s surveillance efforts, saying the administration “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.”
Now it appears that the spying had been “significantly expanded” to include every day Americans, as well as members of Congress.
It wasn’t that long ago when the media and Democrats were mocking President Trump for being paranoid about the previous administration spying on him. Turns out, Trump was right again.