New NSA Guidelines Allow Use of Intercepted Info Against US Citizens

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Editor’s Note: Question: What ever happened to, oh, I dunno… THE CONSTITUTION???

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The government can use information in court about US citizens obtained through the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act (FISA) which ostensibly targets only foreigners, according to an Obama administration report released Tuesday.

The report outlines some reforms that have been implemented and others proposed since Edward Snowden’s revelations about NSA spying jump-started a worldwide debate about the US government’s intelligence operations. The catalog of surveillance policy modifications was released to mark the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s 2014 speech calling for surveillance reform.

Among those guidelines is a provision specifying how information collected under Section 702 of the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act (FISA) can  be used. As the name suggests, this intelligence gathering operation is directed at foreign intelligence targets, and cannot, by law, be used to intentionally target a US citizen.

However, there have been “legitimate questions” about “incidental collection,” explained Robert Litt, the General Counsel for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, speaking at the Brookings Institute on Wednesday.

“We are inevitably going to collect the communications of some US persons either because they’re talking to our foreign targets or in some limited circumstances because we cannot technically separate the communications we’re looking for from others”, Litt explained.

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  • disqus_3BrONUAJno

    The NSA, being a military agency, is more beholden to the UCMJ than to the Constitution.

  • Kula Farmer

    Hope this doesnt surprise anyone,,,,

  • So, just don’t be a US CITIZEN, be a citizen of the States united. You know, The Republic, and not the corporate democracy USA INC., the Godless swill infesting the land from that sewage pit are in for a HOT HOT eternity

  • Dogs Rule!

    Wouldnt it be nice to have a God fearing American loving Constitutionalist as a president? Can you imagine how this country would then again soar to unbelievable heights…Instead we have – tyranny more and more of it every day… Like it is the natural progression of things, I do know all democracies end in tyranny, so did our founding fathers. We must get back to our constitutional republic form of government if we want to see this country survive, let alone prosper. Wake Up America!

  • anonoman

    Sign up for silent circle and keep your phone conversations private. Buy a go-tenna and use a pgp app for private text messaging. Get a good vpn to protect you while you surf online. Pay money for your email instead of privacy with a service like proton mail.

  • Oeste Sin Musulmanes

    What is it going to take to get our coutry back?

  • Oeste Sin Musulmanes

    What is it going to take to get our country back?

  • Oeste Sin Musulmanes

    Would they have an excuse to do this if no foreign Muslims were allowed to be here?