Obama Era Crime Quietly Revealed Under Cover of Media’s Trump/Russia Firestorm
If the news media want to focus on crimes from the executive branch, it might do better to focus less on the tenuous ties between President Donald Trump and Russia and shift their gaze instead to the Obama administration’s use of illegal surveillance.
A report published Thursday from Circa claims that one out of every 20 electronic searches conducted by the National Security Agency under the Obama administration was done illegally, raising questions about data safeguards under the former president.
“More than 5 percent … (of) 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 article read.
The problems were disclosed by the administration in a closed-door hearing before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court just days before Trump’s election.
The “normally supportive court” chastised Obama administration officials for what officials called an “institutional lack of candor” in not reporting the violations earlier and said the violations were a “very serious Fourth Amendment issue,” court documents revealed.
To make things worse, there had been a 300 percent increase in data searches at the NSA since the former president loosened privacy restrictions back in 2011.
In a Wednesday appearance on Fox News, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said that “this is an enormous story, and it will dwarf all the other stories,” according to the U.K. Daily Mail.
“If we can determine this to be true, this is an amazing abuse of power, and it dwarfs any of the other sort of made up stuff that we’re sort of looking into now,” Paul said.
“We shouldn’t suck up everybody’s phone calls and everybody’s internet transmission,” he added, “and the danger is, and one of the accusations of Susan Rice and others, is that they were looking at this information politically, searching opponents, and going after people in the Trump transition to try to bring them down.”
And where is the media on this? Mostly looking at whatever specious links may exist between Donald Trump and Russia. Good to see they have their priorities straight.
If they decide to actually check out a real crime, however, it’s sitting right in front of their faces.