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May 24, 2017

Revealed: Obama's NSA Absused Data-Collection To Spy on Americans for Years

In this article, "upstream collection" refers to collecting data from the infrastructures of communication -- phone signals and the backbone of the Internet itself. So a sort of global collection, I guess. Vacuuming up all signals from their sources.

I suppose "downstream collection" would be targeted at individuals, intercepting, for example, signals on a specific phone line or from a specific computer.

Sara Carter reveals that Obama's NSA ignored its own "rules" on this for years.

The National Security Agency under former President Barack Obama routinely violated American privacy protections while scouring through overseas intercepts and failed to disclose the extent of the problems until the final days before Donald Trump was elected president last fall, according to once top-secret documents that chronicle some of the most serious constitutional abuses to date by the U.S. intelligence community.


More than 5 percent, or one out of every 20 searches seeking upstream Internet data on Americans inside the NSAs 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 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....

Officials like former National Security Adviser Susan Rice have argued their activities were legal under the so-called minimization rule changes Obama made, and that the intelligence agencies were strictly monitored to avoid abuses.


The intelligence court and the NSA's own internal watchdog found that not to be true.

"Since 2011, NSA's minimization procedures have prohibited use of U.S.-person identifiers to query the results of upstream Internet collections under Section 702," the unsealed court ruling declared. "The Oct. 26, 2016 notice informed the court that NSA analysts had been conducting such queries in violation of that prohibition, with much greater frequency than had been previously disclosed to the Court."

I can't wait for CNN's wall-to-wall coverage of this.


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