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More NSA Documents Reveal Obama Lies About Domestic Spying

June 20, 2013 by  

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

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • http://PersonalLiberty Jim

    Don’t you think you should blame the Congress for passing the Patriot Act?

    • Ranchman

      Yeah, we should blame all of them. No political leader is innocent in this game. But they’re not going to stop, no matter what. It’s too far gone, they can’t stop. Power is like a drug, the more they take from the people, the more they want. We need to take their drug away and make ‘em quit cold turkey.

      • Pamela

        in sorry for the punctuation errors & etc. I was speaking into a microphone. God bless!

  • kent zastrow

    If g.w. was the fox who opened the door to the hen house… then obama is the weasel who moved in and has taken up residence!

  • Paul Martin

    We can blame the government if we want but the blame rest soley on the American people the power is given to the president by the people

  • Pamela

    It’s very frustrating to me that this country has had one issue after the other with Barack Obama and yet Republicans have done nothing to correct it. President Clinton has an affair with Miss ML uses a cigar Bill Clinton lies and there’s impeachment! Now what’s wrong with this picture we have the most deceptive evil president in the history of the United States of America. Man never tells the truth and liberals have itching ears they believe the truth for a lie and the lie for the truth. Dysfunctional pathetic devious dividing deception of Holder & Barack Obama’s not to mention the nanny Valerie Jarrett. it’s like watching Damon.This total administration needs to be walked to the door and removed from the People’s White House. Patriots Christians everywhere stand up and reject this total administration. He is against Christians, the Constitution of America, our Bill of Rights he is against America whether you’re red yellow black or white Liberal Democrat or Patriot Republican or Libertarian. He is against all of us and it’s about time people stand up and realize & take the blinders of darkness off your eyes and look around you. Impeach (Republicans in the Senate and the House of Representatives Democrats alike )Barack Obama before it’s too late for America the America we love. The America but blood has been shed for our freedoms our abilities to work have had faction for our labors. The ability to have babies and not have the shedding of innocent blood. The ability to have a president in the leader that we can trust for the well-being of our children and our lives today aunt for tomorrow. It’s too important to ignore and it’s too important to put blinders on and deceive ourselves. God bless America and God bless Israel.

  • TruthTeller

    How can the Million Acre Mormon Facility “Categorize” your calls without looking at the contents?????
    By the number of minutes?
    By who you’re calling? (Grandma Calls, Retail Store Calls, Bill Paying Calls, etc?)
    By which calls are on land lines & which are cell phones?
    Enquiring minds want to know-tell us! A million acres can hold a LOT of computer memory!

  • Steve

    The mans a psycopath. Path as in pathological liar. They are incapable of being honest. End of story.

  • James

    We need to impeach Barak Obamantion. He is a crook, lyer and thief. He needs to be removed from the White House. He needs to be sent packing. We need to kick his ass out.

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  • Don miller

    I think we the people have already learned if that mans mouth is open he’s lying he’s lied about everything since he’s been in politics I didn’t think you were elegible for president if you weren’t an American born citizen now that would a good ammendment to add to the constitution

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