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Barack Obama got the FISA court to loosen the restrictions on the NSA spying program in 2011

September 8, 2013

  According to this article, back in 2011 Barack Obama went to the secret surveillance court, FISA, seeking to loosen the restrictions the NSA was under regarding spying on Americans’ electronic correspondence and phone records. His bid was successful:

The Obama administration secretly won permission from a surveillance court in 2011 to reverse restrictions on the National Security Agency’s use of intercepted phone calls and e-mails, permitting the agency to search deliberately for Americans’ communications in its massive databases, according to interviews with government officials and recently declassified material.

In addition, the court extended the length of time that the NSA is allowed to retain intercepted U.S. communications from five years to six years — and more under special circumstances, according to the documents, which include a recently released 2011 opinion by U.S. District Judge John D. Bates, then chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

    The Obama regime’s defense of this is purely semantics; yes, the regime is collecting data, without a warrant in violation of our fourth amendment rights, but they are not specifically ‘targeting’ Americans.

    Not everyone agrees with this convoluted logic:

“The government says, ‘We’re not targeting U.S. persons,’ ” said Gregory T. Nojeim, senior counsel at the Center for Democracy and Technology. “But then they never say, ‘We turn around and deliberately search for Americans’ records in what we took from the wire.’ That, to me, is not so different from targeting Americans at the outset.”

  The FISA court decision has now basically made it legal to collect information on virtually every single American without acquiring a warrant to do so; a clear violation of our fourth amendment rights, and I cannot tell you how disgusted I am that a secret court can issue rulings on the Constitution in private without the American peoples’ knowledge. And in this case it was done on the request of Barack Obama.

  We are supposed to believe that this is being done to keep us safe from threats and that no Americans will be the ‘target’ of such data-mining. If this is being done simply to keep us safe from foreign enemies and cannot be used to prosecute Americans for crimes not related to national security then how is it that Eliot Spitzer was caught in the first place? He was ensnared in his scandal as a result of the PATRIOT Act. If it can happen to him it can happen to anyone, Big Brother is watching and I think he does not like what he sees.

  Any information which comes to the government as a result of the PATRIOT Act or the NSA scandal can and will be used against us…..

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. September 8, 2013 6:36 pm

    Reblogged this on Brittius.com.

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  2. September 8, 2013 8:12 pm

    Clapper should be clapped in irons along with his boss.

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  3. September 8, 2013 8:14 pm

    Unbelievable! We are not going to effect any change in our corrupt government UNTIL the People understand that SCOTUS is NOT the final arbiter of the Constitution or our Rights.

    Until we can find AND elect representatives who understand what their duty is. Representatives who put the People first. We have to remove the money from politics, from elections, from those who serve the People.

    It is such a formidable job, requiring such an herculean effort – it means changing the way our government has run our Country for 100+ yrs.

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    • September 8, 2013 9:13 pm

      You’ve got that right! And this is even worse because it is a secret court, at least SCOTUS’s opinions are public, even if they are not supposed to be the final arbitrator of the constitutionality of laws.

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  4. LD Jackson permalink
    September 9, 2013 8:41 pm

    Methinks we are being lied to and much more than we would like to think.

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    • September 9, 2013 9:58 pm

      We can no longer believe a word that comes out of Obama’s mouth or any of his minions.

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