Saturday, May 6, 2017
Obama’s Intelligence Agencies
By Jim Emerson, staff writer
In his final year in office Mr. Obama’s administration significantly expanded the availability of National Security Agency (NSA) intercepts of American citizens. His order spread unredacted intelligence reports across many government entities, many without a need to know, to have, or share either before or after the 2016 presidential election. The reports put in full view the names of American citizens. This may validate Maxine Waters’ claim of Obama’s secret database in 2013.
Data released this week by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) provided evidence of NSA’s collection of info on American Citizens, maintained in a searchable database. Names of American citizens were being searched and “disseminated after President Obama loosened privacy protections to make such sharing easier in 2011 in the name of national security.” Last year, intelligence reports identified Americans who had been intercepted talking to foreign sources, or who were the subject of conversations between two or more monitored, foreign figures. In the warped logic of liberal politics, if two Russians were talking about President Trump, it would be proof of a “Russian connection.”
Sometimes Americans were officially unmasked or their identities so lightly disguised they were readily discernible. The principle consumers of the unredacted reports were Obama’s national security adviser Susan Rice, his CIA Director John Brennan and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Spying on political enemies is nothing new; President Johnson instructed his people to spy on Nixon during the election of 1968. President Trump’s claim that he was being spied by the Obama regime is not at all farfetched.
According to revelations released by the DNI, “government officials conducted 30,355 searches in 2016 seeking information about Americans in NSA intercept metadata, which include telephone numbers and email addresses. The activity amounted to a 27.5 percent increase over the prior year and more than triple the 9,500 such searches that occurred in 2013, the first year such data was kept.” The Obama Administration searched NSA’s database for Phone intercepts and email of 5,288 Americans.
Several media sources are calling on the Trump Administration to declassify records revealing which, “government officials have searched National Security Agency intercepts for intelligence on U.S. presidential candidates, members of Congress, journalists, clergy, lawyers, federal judges and doctors and how often such Americans had their identities unmasked by the intelligence community after Barack Obama made it easier to do so in 2011.” The sad fact is U.S. District Judge John D. Bates, then chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court ruled that Obama’s collection program was legal