Loophole Shows That, Yes, NSA Has 'Authority' To Spy On Americans — Directly In Contrast With Public Statements
from the and,-another-one dept
Right, so remember that claim yesterday from Barack Obama about how there is no domestic surveillance program? And remember in our post we noted that such a statement might come back to bite him, seeing that Snowden had leaked somewhere between 15,000 to 20,000 more documents to Glenn Greenwald and somewhere in there, it seemed like there was a decent chance there was evidence that Obama was lying? Right, so, funny story… this morning, James Ball and Spencer Ackerman over at the Guardian have published the details of a neat little loophole that does, in fact, give the NSA “authority” to run searches on Americans without any kind of warrant. This is due to a “rule change” in 2011.
This also seems reminiscent of our point on Wednesday, in which we noted that every time the NSA is asked about its ability to spy on everyone, it answers about its authority. And, here’s evidence that it has clearly been given the “authority” to spy on Americans, contrary to the very clear language of the law.
Also, the timing of this seems interesting. Earlier, we’d noted that the NSA’s massive data collection program, Stellar Wind, had been shut down in 2011. And… right about that time suddenly a new law is put in place allowing 702 searches to happen on US persons? I’m sure that’s just a complete coincidence…