Newly Declassified Documents Reveal Scary Details of NSA Spying Under Obama

Newly declassified documents show Obama’s NSA and FBI violated many civil liberty protections by improperly searching for AND disseminating raw intelligence on Americans and failing to delete unauthorized intercepts.

The Hill reports:

The National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation violated specific civil liberty protections during the Obama years by improperly searching and disseminating raw intelligence on Americans or failing to promptly delete unauthorized intercepts, according to newly declassified memos that provide some of the richest detail to date on the spy agencies’ ability to obey their own rules.

The memos reviewed by The Hill were publicly released on July 11 through Freedom of Information Act litigation by the American Civil Liberties Union.

For instance, the government admitted improperly searching NSA’s foreign intercept data on multiple occasions, including one instance in which an analyst ran the same search query about an American “every work day” for a period between 2013 and 2014.

There also were several instances in which Americans’ unmasked names were improperly shared inside the intelligence community without being redacted, a violation of the so-called minimization procedures that President Obama loosened in 2011 that are supposed to protect an Americans’ identity from disclosure when they are intercepted without a warrant. Numerous times improperly unmasked information about Americans had to be recalled and purged after the fact, the memos stated.
Other violations noted by The Hill were “isolated instances in which NSA may not have complied with the documentation requests”, the misuse of “overly broad” queries or specific U.S. person terms to search through NSA data and failures to timely purge NSA databases of improperly collected intelligence.
Shockingly, the NSA now targets more that 100,000 people a year under section 702 for foreign spying.
Section 702 is a warrantless spying program which was created by Congress in late 2008.
Read the full report by The Hill here.

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