A classified internal report reviewed by Circa reveals that Obama spied on all of his political opponents, including President Trump. This portrays the image of a former president who could not help but keep his nose around his opposition.
Statistics indicate that one out of every 20 or more 5 percent 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.
The American privacy protections was routinely violated by Obama’s National Security Agency. Documents that were once top-secret reveal that the agency failed to disclose the extent of the problems it caused as it was going through overseas intercepts
The top-secret documents have cases of some of the most serious constitutional abuses to date by the U.S. intelligence community.
The agency remained tight-lipped about the problems until the final days before Donald Trump was elected president last fall.
Surprisingly, the 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 former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, among other officials, have argued that their activities were legal under the so-called minimization rule changes Obama made and that the intelligence agencies were strictly monitored to avoid abuses. NSA’s own internal watchdog and the intelligence court found that not to be true.
The major concern is the collection of data on Americans who have not had contact with a foreigner that the NSA was legally allowed to intercept.
The agency said that it doesn't have the ability to stop collecting ‘about’ information on Americans, “without losing some other important data.’’ It, however, said it would stop the practice to “reduce the chance that it would acquire communication of U.S. persons or others who are not in direct contact with a foreign intelligence target.”
The violations were branded as inadvertent compliance lapses by agency officials. However, the court and IG documents suggest the NSA had not developed a technological way to comply with the rules they had submitted to the court back in 2011.