When Eric Snowden left the country and warned Americans that the NSA was collecting data from tens of millions of American citizens, he understood the impact.
Begun in the Bush-43 era, the intelligence community was reeling after a colossal mishandling of information that resulted in the attacks on 9/11.
While the Patriot Act helped our government to delve more into lone-wolf terrorism and inter-group terror planning, it didn’t stop there.
In reality, under President Obama, the program was only increased and grew exponentially year after year starting in 2011.
Spying on the American citizen is prohibited by federal laws.
Unless they are looking into whether or not that person is linked to terrorism, there is really no legal basis that allows the intel community to examine private conversations.
Yet, the practice increased under Obama after he “relaxed” the laws to do so. Why? In the name of national security, of course. It’s no surprise Obama used spies on Donald Trump, but THIS is even worse.
Yes, the Obama’s administration spied on everyday Americans.
“In all, 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 government in 2016 also scoured the actual contents of NSA intercepted calls and emails for 5,288 Americans, an increase of 13 percent over the prior year and a massive spike from the 198 names searched in 2013.
The searches ultimately resulted in 3,134 NSA intelligence reports with unredacted U.S. names being distributed across government in 2016, and another 3,354 reports in 2015.
About half the time, U.S. identities were unredacted in the original reports while the other half were unmasked after the fact by special request of Obama administration officials.
Among those whose names were unmasked in 2016 or early 2017 were campaign or transition associates of President Trump as well as members of Congress and their staffers, according to sources with direct knowledge.”
It was none other than Susan Rice who SPECIFICALLY requested Trump’s affiliates’ info right before the election.
This practice needs to end and Obama’s rule ablated forever. Leftists already have an advantage at the polls with fraud and intimidation.
Do we really need to add to their advantage?