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Old March 20th, 2017, 02:40 PM   #1
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Why Did Obama Expand NSA Powers?

And in the last days of his presidency.

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In its final days, the Obama administration has expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government’s 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections.

The new rules significantly relax longstanding limits on what the N.S.A. may do with the information gathered by its most powerful surveillance operations, which are largely unregulated by American wiretapping laws. These include collecting satellite transmissions, phone calls and emails that cross network switches abroad, and messages between people abroad that cross domestic network switches.

The change means that far more officials will be searching through raw data. Essentially, the government is reducing the risk that the N.S.A. will fail to recognize that a piece of information would be valuable to another agency, but increasing the risk that officials will see private information about innocent people.

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch signed the new rules, permitting the N.S.A. to disseminate “raw signals intelligence information,” on Jan. 3, after the director of national intelligence, James R. Clapper Jr., signed them on Dec. 15, according to a 23-page, largely declassified copy of the procedures.

Previously, the N.S.A. filtered information before sharing intercepted communications with another agency, like the C.I.A. or the intelligence branches of the F.B.I. and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The N.S.A.’s analysts passed on only information they deemed pertinent, screening out the identities of innocent people and irrelevant personal information.

Now, other intelligence agencies will be able to search directly through raw repositories of communications intercepted by the N.S.A. and then apply such rules for “minimizing” privacy intrusions.

“This is not expanding the substantive ability of law enforcement to get access to signals intelligence,” said Robert S. Litt, the general counsel to Mr. Clapper. “It is simply widening the aperture for a larger number of analysts, who will be bound by the existing rules.”

But Patrick Toomey, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union, called the move an erosion of rules intended to protect the privacy of Americans when their messages are caught by the N.S.A.’s powerful global collection methods. He noted that domestic internet data was often routed or stored abroad, where it may get vacuumed up without court oversight.

“Rather than dramatically expanding government access to so much personal data, we need much stronger rules to protect the privacy of Americans,” Mr. Toomey said. “Seventeen different government agencies shouldn’t be rooting through Americans’ emails with family members, friends and colleagues, all without ever obtaining a warrant.”

The N.S.A. has been required to apply similar privacy protections to foreigners’ information since early 2014, an unprecedented step that President Obama took after the disclosures of N.S.A. documents by the former intelligence contractor Edward J. Snowden. The other intelligence agencies will now have to follow those rules, too.

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So he could have the information forwarded to his new DC head quarters. The Temple of Boom.
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When GW Bush gave us the Patriot Act, I told Republicans that someday those expanded powers would fall into the hands of a Democrat. It fell on deaf ears.
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He did it to try to hurt anyone or anything that did not agree with him and to ...hopefully, the additions in 2016 to have Hillary in the WH.
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Obama did what all Exiting Democrat Presidents have done in the past several decades, they sabotaged the incoming Republican President. Obama has improved the sabotage. All of the midnight regulations designed to make Trump look bad for having to remove them. Its real dirty pool.
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Obama did what all Exiting Democrat Presidents have done in the past several decades, they sabotaged the incoming Republican President. Obama has improved the sabotage. All of the midnight regulations designed to make Trump look bad for having to remove them. Its real dirty pool.
Why would trump look bad for removing BAD regulations?
He would ONLY look bad for removing GOOD ones.
And exactly why would trump WANT to remove GOOD regulations?

And you people wonder why so many think you RW are dumb!
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Why would trump look bad for removing BAD regulations?
He would ONLY look bad for removing GOOD ones.
And exactly why would trump WANT to remove GOOD regulations?

Because of the propaganda from the main stream media in collusion with the Democrat party.
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Obama did what all Exiting Democrat Presidents have done in the past several decades, they sabotaged the incoming Republican President. Obama has improved the sabotage. All of the midnight regulations designed to make Trump look bad for having to remove them. Its real dirty pool.
Well, let's see....

GW passed on the Great Recession. The Iraq War. The Afghanistan War. A nation filled with millions upon millions of illegal immigrants. The PATRIOT Act. The Military Commissions Act. Free Speech Zones (which Obama amplified).

Well, actually, Cheney had a hand in it all. Wolfowitz. Rummy. Anyways, it was one hell of a mess GW et al passed on. Bush passed on a legacy that had just earned an "F." The velocity and the acceleration of the economy's nosedive was not comparable to anything I've experienced.
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