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  • Newly declassified memos detail extent of improper Obama-era NSA spying

    07/26/2017 10:04:15 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 4 replies
    Hill, the ^ | 25 July 2017 | John Solomon
    The National Security Agency and FBI violated specific civil liberty protections during the Obama administration by improperly searching and disseminating raw intelligence on Americans or failing to promptly delete unauthorized intercepts, according to newly declassified memos that provide some of the richest detail to date on the spy agencies’ ability to obey their own rules. The memos reviewed by The Hill were publicly released on July 11 through Freedom of Information Act litigation by the American Civil Liberties Union. They detail specific violations that the NSA or FBI disclosed to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court or the Justice Department's national...
  • Breaking: Lynch Ordered Manafort’s Phone Tapped During Veselnitskaya Meeting

    07/17/2017 11:08:22 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 70 replies
    medium.com/@JackPosobiec ^ | Jul 14 | Jack Posobiec
    Today, Fusion GPS employee Rinat Akhmetshin today confirmed his attendance at a meeting with Donald Trump Jr, Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner along with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.Accusations have arisen that the meeting was part of a wider setup to achieve a FISA warrant to wiretap phones of the Trump campaign during 2016. President Trump himself has accused the FBI under Loretta Lynch of wiretapping his campaign. Now, a former Trump campaign official reports that Paul Manafort’s phone was subject to FISA wiretap during the infamous meeting. Follow James B @jbro_1776 Scoop: Manaforts phone was illegally bugged during meeting with...
  • Breaking: Lynch Ordered Manafort’s Phone Tapped During Veselnitskaya Meeting

    07/14/2017 8:20:27 AM PDT · by springwater13 · 81 replies
    Today, Fusion GPS employee Rinat Akhmetshin today confirmed his attendance at a meeting with Donald Trump Jr, Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner along with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. Accusations have arisen that the meeting was part of a wider setup to achieve a FISA warrant to wiretap phones of the Trump campaign during 2016. President Trump himself has accused the FBI under Loretta Lynch of wiretapping his campaign. Now, a former Trump campaign official reports that Paul Manafort’s phone was subject to FISA wiretap during the infamous meeting. If true, this FISA warrant would have been carried out under Loretta...
  • Russian oligarch hired lawyer who met Donald Trump Jr and also paid the shadowy research company...

    07/13/2017 4:35:39 AM PDT · by browniexyz · 104 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 7/12/2017 | Alana Goodman
    Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya's meeting with Donald Trump Jr last June was part of a larger, multi-pronged lobbying campaign in Washington last year launched by Veselnitskaya's boss, a Russian real estate mogul who was facing U.S. money laundering charges.
  • Edward Snowden breaks silence to threaten new U.S. disclosures

    07/01/2013 2:26:30 PM PDT · by maggief · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 1, 2013
    EXCERPT ... Snowden said the United States was illegally persecuting him for revealing its electronic surveillance programme, PRISM. He also thanked Ecuador for helping him get to Russia and for examining his asylum request.
  • Rookie judge to preside over Benghazi trial

    07/13/2014 4:47:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies
    wa po ^ | July 7, 2014 | Al Kamen and Colby Itkowitz
    Casey Cooper is new to the bench, but he’s well-connected . Just three months into his tenure on the federal bench, and before his formal investiture ceremony later this week, newly minted — but well-connected — U.S. District Judge Christopher “Casey” Cooper has been handed one of the most high-profile and politically sensitive American terrorism cases in recent years ... Cooper, 47, was part of the Obama administration’s transition team and is one of the more connected people in D.C. legal circles, Marimow notes. His wife, Amy Jeffress, worked at the Justice Department as a national security adviser to the...
  • Declassified memos show FBI illegally shared spy data on Americans with private parties

    05/25/2017 5:57:56 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 51 replies
    For instance, a ruling declassified this month by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) chronicles nearly 10 pages listing hundreds of violations of the FBI’s privacy-protecting minimization rules that occurred on Comey’s watch. The behavior the FBI admitted to a FISA judge just last month ranged from illegally sharing raw intelligence with unauthorized third parties to accessing intercepted attorney-client privileged communications without proper oversight the bureau promised was in place years ago.
  • Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham ask DOJ for all FISA warrant requests on Russian election meddling

    06/28/2017 12:07:45 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 28, 2017 | by Kelly Cohen
    Two top Republican senators are asking the Justice Department to turn over all applications by the FBI to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court regarding its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 elections. In a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe sent Tuesday and made public Wednesday, Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., request "all proposed and final applications for surveillance warrants." "We are writing to request information regarding [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act]-related actions by the FBI and the Justice Department in the course of the investigation of Russian interference in...
  • US internet company refused to participate in NSA surveillance, documents reveal

    06/18/2017 11:49:07 PM PDT · by blueplum · 12 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 14 June 2017 1:25 PDT | Zach Whittaker
    The company, which wasn't named, quietly pushed back in the government's secret court against the National Security Agency's surveillance program, but ultimately failed. {snip}....All of the documents relate to the government's use of the so-called Section 702 statute, named after its place in the law books, a provision of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The statute authorizes the collection of data on foreign persons overseas who use US tech and telecoms services. The law is widely known in national security circles as forming the legal basis authorizing the so-called PRISM surveillance program, which reportedly taps data from nine tech titans...
  • Carter Page Calls for Release of FISA Warrant Details Comey’s FBI ‘Concocted’

    06/12/2017 5:56:18 PM PDT · by davikkm · 24 replies
    Carter Page sent a request to Deputy AG Rosenstein Monday seeking the release of info used to allegedly obtain a FISA warrant to monitor his communications. Page sent the inquiry to Rosenstein via email and shared that email with Breitbart News. The FISA information release request comes just before AG Jeff Sessions is to appear in front of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Tuesday. Page’s email via Breitbart News: Whereas this will be an open hearing (with Sessions), I would kindly request the immediate prior release of my illegitimate 2016 FISA warrants which were allegedly concocted by the...
  • Trump backs permanent snooping powers he once criticized as abusive

    06/09/2017 1:07:14 PM PDT · by TBP · 14 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 7, 2017 | Stephen Dynan
    Just months after President Trump complained about being spied on by the Obama administration, his administration is embracing a full permanent extension of the secret snooping powers the government used to track conversations between his campaign aides and Russian operatives. Mr. Trump’s intelligence and counterterrorism team said Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act has saved hundreds of lives by preventing terrorist attacks and insisted — despite Mr. Trump’s claimed experiences — that the law is not being abused. “Simply put, the use of this authority has helped save lives,” Thomas P. Bossert, President Trump’s top counterterrorism adviser, wrote...
  • Live: Senate Select Intelligence Committee Hearing on FISA, Russia Probe 10 A.M. 67/7/2017

    06/07/2017 8:03:15 AM PDT · by kristinn · 111 replies
    Live video feed at C-SPAN ^ | Wednesday, June 7, 2017
    Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Director of National Intelligence Director Dan Coats, National Security Agency Director Admiral Michael Rogers, and Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe testified at a hearing on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
  • Lawmakers demand more information and privacy protections before reauthorizing FISA snooping powers

    06/04/2017 3:33:08 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 4, 2017 | Alex Swoyer
    Congress shouldn’t reauthorize the government’s most potent snooping powers until it imposes stronger safeguards for Americans, a key conservative lawmaker said in response to a judge’s ruling that U.S. intelligence agencies tried to hide potential breaches of privacy rights. Rep. Raul R. Labrador, Idaho Republican, said Judge Rosemary M. Collyer’s April ruling is the latest in a string of warning signs that federal agencies need more oversight before Congress renews their broad powers under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. In particular, Mr. Labrador and several colleagues want to know how often Americans’ information is scooped up and...
  • The Government Is Spying On Journalists To Find Leakers (It's About Time!!)

    05/31/2017 7:19:00 PM PDT · by Helicondelta · 5 replies
    nypost.com ^ | May 31, 2017 | John Crudele
    There was a big ruckus four years ago when the Associated Press announced that telephone records for 20 of its reporters had been subpoenaed by the Justice Department. The government was apparently looking for CIA leaks about an operation in Yemen. Well, a Washington source of mine tells me it’s happening again. The Justice Department has gotten a warrant from the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court — also known as the FISA court — to conduct electronic surveillance on a group of journalists who’ve been the recipient of leaked information, the source said.
  • The Government is Spying on Journalists to Find Leakers

    05/31/2017 7:24:22 PM PDT · by be-baw · 62 replies
    ".. The Justice Department has gotten a warrant from the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court — also known as the FISA court — to conduct electronic surveillance on a group of journalists who’ve been the recipient of leaked information, the source said."
  • Court Criticizes Obama Admin for Illegal Spying On U.S. Citizens

    05/30/2017 1:31:56 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 05/29/17 | Ken Klukowski
    Intelligence agencies violated the constitutional rights of American citizens through illegal surveillance during the Obama administration, recently declassified documents from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) show. The secretive court also notes a change for the better under President Trump’s team. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) authorizes two courts to provide judicial review for U.S. intelligence agencies when their activities require them to monitor people on U.S. soil. One is FISC, and the other is the court that hears appeals from FISC decisions, the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review (FISCR). The benches of FISC are comprised of...
  • DOJ Falsely Claimed That Reporter James Rosen Was Involved In Bombings In Trying To Hide Fact

    06/14/2013 5:05:02 PM PDT · by Nachum · 25 replies
    Tech Dirt ^ | 6/14/13 | Mike Masnick
    from the whoa dept Okay, here's one that's just crazy. A few weeks ago, lots of folks, including us, covered the story of how the Justice Department claimed to a court that reporter James Rosen was "an aider and abettor and/or co-conspirator" in a leak of some State Department info concerning North Korea. He was none of the above. He was a reporter, but the DOJ was abusing its power in order to spy on his email and phone records, to try to find the source of the leak. Soon after that, it came out that the DOJ had been...
  • Reuters/WaPo Publish Evidence of Obama Spying on Trump Campaign...

    05/27/2017 10:29:56 AM PDT · by xzins · 44 replies
    ..."What this Reuters and Washington Post story actually does is prove the Obama Administration was spying on the Trump campaign. That’s the explosive angle to the story. It’s not the nothingburger report that Jared or anyone else was trying to set up communication lines that matters – the real story is Reuters and the Washington Post proving that Obama was spying on conversations about setting up those lines of communication.
  • Obama’s NSA rebuked for snooping on Americans; journo says it proves wide pattern

    05/26/2017 6:00:31 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    Fox News (politics) ^ | May 25, 2017 | Alex Diaz
    The secret court that oversees government snooping took the Obama administration to task late last year, suggesting it created "a very serious Fourth Amendment issue" by violating rules the government itself had implemented regarding the surveillance of Americans. According to top-secret documents made public by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court – often referred to as the FISA court – the government admitted that, just days before the 2016 election, NSA analysts were violating surveillance rules on a regular basis. This pattern of overreach, coupled with the timing of the government’s disclosure, resulted in an unusually harsh rebuke of the administration’s practices...
  • Gowdy: No Reauthorization Of Surveillance Programs Until Unmasking Questions Answered

    05/25/2017 2:21:58 AM PDT · by blam · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5-25-2017 | Jeff Poor
    Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “America’s Newsroom,” Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) said Congress would not reauthorize certain surveillance programs until questions about the “unmasking” of Americans’ identities under the past administration were answered. Gowdy argued it was a different issue separate from the leaks coming out of the federal government and said he wanted to know (who) had made the unmasking requests and why they had done so.(snip)