Recently a declassified report that appears to be released as a result of a Freedom of Information Act request has revealed some shocking information.
During the Obama Administration, the National Security Agency allegedly violated America’s privacy when they were reviewing overseas intercepts. They then decided to not disclose those problems until right before Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. These findings, according to Circa, were made available thanks to a once top secret document.
Circa reported the following:
“More than 5 percent or one out of every 20 searches seeking upstream Internet data on Americans inside the NSA’s so-called Section 702 database violated the safeguards Obama and his intelligence chiefs vowed to follow in 2011, according to one classified internal report reviewed by Circa.”
The Obama administration decided to self-disclose the issue during a private hearing in October. The meeting was before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court which set off an alarm to the problem. Two weeks later, Trump was elected President. The court didn’t appreciate the delayed response from the Obama Administration and said the failure to release information sooner was nothing less than an “institutional lack of candor.”
The broken rules supposedly “undercut” a primary defense that Obama has used to recently justify their peaking into NSA’s intercepts of American citizens. While the courts are stating the act was indeed illegal, officials like former National Security Adviser Susan Rice believes they were safe under the “minimization rule” switches that Obama made.
After the trials are done, many Americans will still worry about their privacy. But according to the NSA, they plan to “delete the vast majority of its upstream internet data to further protect the privacy of the U.S. person communications.” The agency also elaborated saying that the violations were “inadvertent compliance lapses.”
Do you believe the NSA at all? Do you believe we really are safe or that they don’t care if they search out our information? Let us know what you think!