More NSA Documents Reveal Obama Lies About Domestic Spying

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A new round of leaked National Security Agency documents acquired by The Guardian shine light on policies approved by  the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which allow the National Security Agency to retain and use information collected domestically in its communications surveillance.

The newspaper published the two documents which refute claims made by the Obama Administration that the surveillance efforts have no impact on U.S. citizens at home who are not involved in terror activities, noting that the NSA can:

• Keep data that could potentially contain details of US persons for up to five years;

• Retain and make use of “inadvertently acquired” domestic communications if they contain usable intelligence, information on criminal activity, threat of harm to people or property, are encrypted, or are believed to contain any information relevant to cybersecurity;

• Preserve “foreign intelligence information” contained within attorney-client communications;

• Access the content of communications gathered from “U.S. based machine[s]” or phone numbers in order to establish if targets are located in the US, for the purposes of ceasing further surveillance.

The revelations show that the NSA’s discretion in picking surveillance targets is capricious and in-house—determinations are made by NSA analysts, without court oversight.

“The top-secret documents published today detail the circumstances in which data collected on US persons under the foreign intelligence authority must be destroyed, extensive steps analysts must take to try to check targets are outside the US and reveals how US call records are used to help remove US citizens and residents from data collection,” Glenn Greenwald and James Ball write in The Guardian.

With blessing from the FISA act, the government can eavesdrop on phone and Internet conversations if one of the parties involved is reasonably believed to be outside of the United States.

But, there’s a loophole: “In the absence of specific information regarding whether a target is a United States person,” states the FISA document “a person reasonably believed to be located outside the United States or whose location is not known will be presumed to be a non-United States person unless such person can be positively identified as a United States person.”

Even if the analyst deems the person to be in the United States, according to The Guardian, “analysts are permitted to look at the content of messages, or listen to phone calls, to establish if this is indeed the case.”

Source: The Guardian

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  • vicki

    He’s a politician. Of course he lies.

  • Mike Butler

    So can listen in accidently listen in on my 1-900 calls without paying this seems hardly right. Who do send the bill for half?

  • vicki

    From the article is this interesting tidbit.

    Retain and make use of “inadvertently acquired” domestic communications if they ……… are encrypted

    So that little statement gives them cart blanche to retain most of the traffic on the net about financial records and other https protected communications. Oh and they really have to keep it all cause encryption is not just by math. Any plain English looking email could be encrypted. (Think bible code for instance)

  • John H. Holliday D.D.S.

    We all will eventually be informed that the NSA has also been using the Vulcan Mind Meld to read into the most private parts of our minds and listen to our own private thoughts. So, we all must be very careful about what we are thinking about, especially when drinking any alcoholic beverages. Is it Constitutional for the NSA to use the Vulcan Mind Meld without a warrant issued by a Federal Judge????

  • Motov

    When has Obozo ever told the truth?
    I even bet he lies about his golf scores.

    • Alan

      It’s easy o tell when he is lying – his lips are moving.

      • Motov

        It also carries the stench of B.S.

  • Darral

    Sick of this, they don’t listen or read every phone call or e mail they use Meta data tracking , which in reality gives them even more info about you than the content of your phone or e mail, This is what Obama expanded the NSA to do. This what the new complex in Utah is going to do, use META DATA, tracking the American people, America the surveillance State, tracking the people, Do you really trust the people we have elected that much ?????

    • perry

      They do listen to what they wish.They can keep the info for ever.Never trusted any of them why would a sane person spend over a million or two dollars to get a job that pays 90 K. in a 4 year term they would make only 900k they would lose 10k. or more or would they some thing is wrong with this country!

  • Jim Read

    I keep saying this but a million or so of us Veterans need to march into Washingtn D C and destroy the plans of 537 residents.

  • MariansMusings

    When the so-called stimulus was being touted, Obummer told us Joe Biden was going to go over every expenditure line by line to make sure policies were followed and no money was wasted. When Biden was reminded of this promise later, he retorted with an “are you kidding?” response, followed by pointing out to the dumb reporter that the government is too big and he has no resources to track these things. Now they promise us they have the ability to make sure no one is needlessly tracked without cause. But they already told us they don’t have the ability to keep up with such things. So how gullible do they think we are? Or to put it more accurately, how many gullible people still remain that are willing to swallow camels whole while they gag at the gnats of conservatism?

    MusingsbyMarian dot com

  • dan

    Lying liars lie…but we knew about Barry Sotoro. The good news is they’re not monitoring EVEYBODY ….all of the time……yet…just those on Barry’s lest.

  • Robbie

    Look, he’s been elected President TWICE. Try to get over it already and get on with your pathetic hateful lives. Thank you.

  • BarrackHussein

    Yak, yak, yak… the real news would be any truth he told.