Obama seriously violated the 4th Amendment
A new report reveals that the government routinely violated American 4th Amendment protections under the Obama administration while snooping through overseas intercepts and only revealed its illegal actions as the previous president headed out the door.
That’s according to a report out from Circa, which confirms suspicions that American privacy suffered greatly under President Barack Obama.
From the report:
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.
The revelation provides clear vindication for NSA critics who have for years argued that the FISA court process lacks transparency and accountability, effectively serving as a rubber stamp for the government’s surveillance whims.