FISA Court Finds “Serious Fourth Amendment Issue” In Obama’s “Widespread” Illegal Searches Of American Citizens

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A newly released court order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) found that the National Security Agency, under former President 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. In describing the violations, the FISA court said the illegal searches conducted by the NSA under Obama were “widespread” and created a “very serious Fourth Amendment issue.”

These new discoveries come from a recently unsealed FISA court document dated April 26, 2017 and center around a hearing dated October 26, 2017, just days before the 2016 election, in which the FISA court apparently learned for the first time of “widespread” and illegal spying on American citizens by the NSA under the Obama administration.

“The October 26, 2016 Notice disclosed that an NSA Inspector General (IG) review…indicated that, with greater frequency than previously disclosed to the Court, NSA analysts had used U.S.-person identifiers to query the result of Internet “upstream” collection, even though NSA’s section 702 minimization procedures prohibited such queriesthis disclosure gave the Court substantial concern.”

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The court order goes on to reveal that NSA analysts had been conducting illegal queries targeting American citizens “with much greater frequency than had previously been disclosed to the Court”…an issue which the court described as a “very serious Fourth Amendment issue.”

“Since 2011, NSA’s minimization procedures have prohibited use of U.S.-person identifiers to query the results of upstream Internet collection under Section 702.  The October 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 previously been disclosed to the Court.”

“At the October 26, 2016 hearing, the Court ascribed the government’s failure to disclose those IG and OCO reviews at the October 4, 2016 hearing to an institutional ‘lack of candor’ on NSA’s part and emphasized that ‘this is a very serious Fourth Amendment issue.'”

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Of course, these discoveries and their timing, coming just before the 2016 election, are even more suspicious in light of the Obama administration’s efforts to ‘unmask’ intelligence on various Trump campaign officials shortly after the election.

As Circa noted, the American Civil Liberties Union said the newly disclosed violations are some of the most serious to ever be documented and strongly call into question the U.S. intelligence community’s ability to police itself and safeguard American’s privacy as guaranteed by the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment protections against unlawful search and seizure.

“I think what this emphasizes is the shocking lack of oversight of these programs,” said Neema Singh Guliani, the ACLU’s legislative counsel in Washington.

“You have these problems going on for years that only come to the attention of the court late in the game and then it takes additional years to change its practices.

“I think it does call into question all those defenses that we kept hearing, that we always have a robust oversight structure and we have culture of adherence to privacy standards,” she added. “And the headline now is they actually haven’t been in compliacne for years and the FISA court itself says in its opinion is that the NSA suffers from a culture of a lack of candor.”

Of course, we suspect that none of this will be reported by any of the mainstream media outlets who will undoubtedly overlook these very disturbing facts in their ongoing efforts to track down the latest anonymously-sourced ‘bombshell’ report about how Trump once sat across from a Russian boy at lunch in the 2nd grade.

The full FISA Court opinion can be read here:

2016 Cert FISC Memo Opin Order Apr 2017 (4) by Sinclair Broadcast Group on Scribd

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  • juskom95

    So . . . the FISA court that approved the illegal searches is now stating the searches are illegal . . .

    • Cynical Old Bastard

      That would seem to be the case…

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    • MarkovDeBeeste

      They wait until Obomber is out of office and then, in the early months of the Trump administration, they figure out that most of what they were signing off on was a violation of the Fourth Amendment? A bit convenient, wouldn’t you say? How liberal of them. Obomber could do nothing wrong and Trump can do nothing right.

      • juskom95

        They may be in CYA mode right now, as the spotlight is/has been shining on them quite a bit lately.

        • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

          Word on the street is that all of Krapitol Hell and most of the rest of DC are shitting their Depends…….

    • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

      You noticed. Who was it that said “curiouser and curiouser”?

      • The Tuna Fairy

        Alice

        • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

          Really? I woulda thought more like Sherlock, but that was just a blind stab. THANX!

  • Rayven Wrathchild

    “These new discoveries come from a recently unsealed FISA court document dated April 26, 2017 and center around a hearing dated October 26, 2017, just days before the 2016 election, in which the FISA court apparently learned for the first time of “widespread” and illegal spying on American citizens by the NSA under the Obama administration”

    Get a dang proof reader you hacks. The hearing is 2016 not 2017. The rush to be first is sacrificed for accuracy.

  • tonye

    I just don’t understand what the ACLU stands for anymore.

    • MarkovDeBeeste

      Advocates for Crackpots, Losers and Undesirables.

      • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

        Nice one. Er, two.

    • juskom95

      SJW(Social Justice Warriors) . . . .they just don’t know how to spell . . .

      • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

        Hey it was close, AND they justified how they got there…..

  • Mike

    arrest obama and all that were in his admin and jail their butts for ever in a sewer.

  • Renee Ciccioni

    It’s all nothing but a sophisticated con job and who ever is the sitting president is instructed to sign whatever is put in front of them no matter who it is and, then they will admit wrong doing as the next elected official goes in office to give the impression of transparency and honesty.

    • elbustaroyjetspeekerson

      I don’t think it’s all that sophisticated, actually, but I agree with your assessment.

  • We knew about this all the way back in 2012 and 2013 when the NDAA was signed and Mr. Snowden came out with the revelations about the NSA. This isn’t anything new.

  • Wee Willie Wacko

    And my Quantum Headgear just told me that the birth certificate is illegal…once again!
    That’s two foreign-born U.S. Presidents that the Globalists have installed for a total of 16 years!