Barack Obama’s Presidency was defined by lawlessness.
From illegal executive amnesty to unconstitutional rewrites of Obamacare, Obama routinely violated the laws of the land.
But one scandal was so awful that the American people are just now getting an idea of the scope of illegal behavior.
Details continue to trickle out about Obama’s illegal domestic spying.
When Donald Trump accused the former President of spying on him at Trump Tower, reporters kicked into high gear to determine whether there was anything to the charge.
And some investigative reports have unearthed the true extent to which Obama illegally spied on all Americans.
Under section 702 of the FISA law, the government can collect the communications of individuals located outside the United States.
Sometimes Americans are caught up in these communications in what is called “incidental collection.”
But Americans cannot be targeted by section 702 and there are guardrails in place to protect their identities and privacy.
The Obama administration violated the safeguards protecting Americans privacy on numerous occasions.
“The National Security Agency under former President Barack 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, according to once top-secret documents that chronicle some of the most serious constitutional abuses to date by the U.S. intelligence community.
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 situation was so serious that the FISA court – a long time rubber stamp for the government’s attempts to spy on Americans – rebuked the Obama administration.
Circa also reports:
“The normally supportive court censured administration officials, saying the failure to disclose the extent of the violations earlier amounted to an “institutional lack of candor” and that the improper searches constituted a “very serious Fourth Amendment issue,” according to a recently unsealed court document dated April 26, 2017…
…“Since 2011, NSA’s minimization procedures have prohibited use of U.S.-person identifiers to query the results of upstream Internet collections under Section 702,” the unsealed court ruling declared. “The Oct. 26, 2016 notice informed the court that NSA analysts had been conducting such queries inviolation of that prohibition, with much greater frequency than had been previously disclosed to the Court.”
This was a stunning abuse of power.
But Obama was never held accountable for the lawlessness of his administration.