It was 1972 when a handful of Nixon administration staffers ultimately failed at secretly installing a recording device at the DNC HQ—Nixon paid the price. His fate would’ve been worse if Ford hadn’t graciously thrown him a pardon (e.g., a felony).
There has been a lot of liberal talk of impeaching President Trump over unproven claims of rigging the 2016 election among other touts. With that in mind, if folks wanted Trump’s head over said conjecture, what’s to be done in response to the newly discovered information entailing the Obama outfit illegally using a surveillance dragnet on his administration’s counterparts?
Unfortunately for the Obama outfit, the above hypothetical became reality as of the previous week.
In domestic-spying situations, the FBI acquires a court-ordered warrant. However, in terms of surveilling foreign matters, the NSA jumps in and turns into a vacuum sucking in all, relevant material—foreign communication, American-foreign communication, American communication related to foreigners and even American-to-American communication.
Despite there being solid laws on information-access privileges in terms of US citizens’ privacy (the NSA can’t legally up and decide to tap into our private lives), the Obama outfit completely dismissed these laws during their time in the White House. But most Republicans aren’t totally shocked to learn there were intelligence-security cracks that were a detriment to their candidates during the 2016 election.
Circa’s John Solomon & Sara Carter had the details:
“More than [five 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 President Obama and his intelligence chiefs vowed to follow in 2011, according to one classified, internal report reviewed by Circa. …
The normally supportive court censured administration officials, saying that 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.
The admitted violations undercut one of the primary defenses that the intelligence community and Obama officials have used in recent weeks to justify their snooping into incidental, NSA intercepts about Americans. … The American Civil Liberties Union said the newly disclosed violations are some of the most serious to ever be documented and strongly call into question the US Intelligence community’s ability to police itself and safeguard Americans’ privacy as guaranteed by the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment protections against unlawful search and seizure.”
Former-anti-terrorism prosecutor and National Security expert Andrew McCarthy recently wrote of the disturbing nature this entails—as well as the criminal element of it all. Should the media gotten a hold of the intel in question, throw another illegal log onto the scandalous fire.
To reinforce his article, McCarthy wrote, “Enabling of domestic spying, contemptuous disregard of court-ordered minimization procedures (procedures the Obama administration itself proposed then violated), and unlawful disclosure of classified intelligence to feed a media campaign against political adversaries. Quite the Obama legacy.”
It’s now a matter of whether or not the Justice Department will delve into this and rein in the appropriate Obama outfitters. At this juncture, those actions seem unlikely. Then again, nobody foresaw Nixon’s demise immediately upon his people getting caught at Watergate.
Further, this issue casts heavy doubt on the credibility of the US’s “intelligence community.” During post World War II, our elders relinquished much power to national security of their time. They did this with faith that the agencies would practice a high standard of ethics and loyalty and without fear of those entities abusing those privileges to politically bias ends.