Skip to comments.US spy agencies intercept and unmask congressional figures as often as once a month
Posted on 04/05/2017 8:33:39 PM PDT by Bigtigermike
The U.S. governments foreign surveillance sweeps up American lawmakers and their staffers so routinely now that Congress is alerted as often as once a month that its employees involved in intercepted conversations have been unmasked and their identities shared with intelligence or law enforcement agencies, Circa has learned.
The so-called Gates notifications -- named for former CIA Director Robert Gates -- go to the Gang of Eight leadership team in Congress. 2 of 29 The Gang of Eight includes the House speaker and minority leader, the Senate Republican and Democratic leaders and the bipartisan heads of both chambers' intelligence committees.
Often though, the affected lawmakers or congressional aides arent told about the unmasking, unless it involves a security or hacking threat. So some affected lawmakers may not know about their appearance in unredacted executive branch intelligence reports, according to intelligence community sources, who spoke only on condition of anonymity.
The notifications are just one of many growing signs that what once was considered a rare event inside the intelligence community -- the unmasking of a conversation involving Americans captured overseas by the National Security Agency or the FBI under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act -- is now becoming more widespread after President Obama lowered the thresholds and privacy protections for such sharing starting in 2011.
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Linda Graham, every Saturday night.
It's what "community organizers" do.
Awan brothers updated daily.
Are they still on the payroll?
But they only leak stuff on Republicans, ie., Jeff Sessions.
This will help Rice. She said what she did is routine.
Seriously, this is very important. The Congressmen and Senators must know this is happening. It explains why most of the Republicans seem so shy and afraid of taking on the Dems and MSM. They are being black-mailed. Every action they take is being monitored by big brother. Also explains why they are afraid of Ryan snd McConnell. You would think that at least one of them, like Cotton, would have the courage to stand up and explain to the people what is going on.
Could this also have something to do with why Hillary had her own server?
Unmask the Democrats. It’s legal now!
This is getting scary.
This won’t help Rice at all. This will ensure that congress will jump right into this investigation instead of spending time on the Russian conspiracy. In the end, Rice might turn out to be the sacrificial lamb that goes to jail.
If this is deemed to be legal, like the MSM is reporting, just imagine what Trump will be able to accomplish at the next election. He can use the spying powers of the CIA and NSA to go after every Dem running for office. Wow.
“He can use the spying powers of the CIA and NSA to go after every Dem running for office.”
Exactly. That’t why the democrats in congress will probably want to investigate this as well.
congress has been blackmailed since Clinton days when Hillary stole the FBI files, Obama just took the newer approach of using all the spy agencies to push his agendas
EVERY time the DMC claims this is legal and no big deal, we need to reply, “So, I guess you Democrats and liberal news people won’t mind if the Trump administration does the same thing to you? It’s for ‘national security’ after all. “
Read the article. The leaders know this has been going on. They are in on it.
I want to see every one of Zer0’s communications.
You got it boxlunch. We need to spread the word. Guilty or not guilty. Either way we win.
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