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Obama Just Quietly Gave 16 Gov’t Agencies Access To The NSA Data on US Citizens

(RT) In virtually its last gasp, the Obama administration has quietly given the National Security Agency wider powers to share intercepted surveillance data with 16 other government agencies, including the FBI, DEA and CIA, before applying privacy protections.

Intelligence officials and the Justice Department finalized new regulations for sharing satellite transmissions, phone calls, emails and other online communications swept up abroad by the National Security Agency with 16 agencies that fall under the Office of National Intelligence.

“In the past, there were strict limits on the NSA’s dissemination of this data to domestic law enforcement agencies,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said about the new rules released on Thursday, according to AP. “The new regulations eviscerate those limits.”

Lynch signed the new regulations on January 3, after James Clapper, director of national intelligence signed them on December 15, according to a 23-page, largely declassified copy of the new rules.

The new rules allow the NSA, with its large information gathering practices, largely unregulated by American wiretapping laws, to share its raw data with other agencies including the Treasury Department, FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency and the CIA.
Previously US intelligence agencies could only get data after the NSA filtered it to remove irrelevant names and personal information.

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“If the FBI wants to get access to the information, it can make a request to the NSA and say it’s for a counterintelligence investigation and then the NSA can hand it over – without a warrant,” Robyn Greene, policy counsel at New America’s Open Technology Institute, told the AP.

Greene said the changes are a continuation of the September 11, 2001 reform to make sure all agencies are sharing information.

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden tweeted: “…Now, domestic agencies get it raw.”

 

The ACLU told the New York Times that the move was an erosion of rules intended to protect the privacy of Americans when their messages are caught by the NSA’s collection methods.

The NSA is an intelligence organization of the US government, responsible for global monitoring, collection, and processing of information and data for foreign intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. Many of its programs rely on “passive” electronic collection but it also engages in clandestine means such as physically bugging electronic systems and alleging engaging in sabotage through subversive software. It has a presence in a large number of countries across the world.

  • Hugo Spinoso

    and what would the pourpose of this be?, it could profile people, but its unlikely it will serve to do aanything else, like terrorism or crime, and in the last case its because there is already probable cause, so intervention will be there regardless of the data collected.

  • permalink

    I always thought we were one BIG happy family after Sept 2001… (sharing files of everyone and everything).

    How are we going to know who to put on the “no-fly” list, can’t buy a firearm, didn’t pay thier taxes, or should not have a drivers license?

    • Steve Rusk

      They can already do those things through legitimate methods when they choose to do so.
      This new sharing of information is about government being able to put their nose so far up your ass that they can examine your tonsils.

  • Hill Billy

    They can snoop like booger eaters all they want. Once society starts to break down into chaos & ultimately total & complete anarchy they wont even be safe from the public lynchings in their underground bunkers WE paid for.

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    • Steve Rusk

      Their intent is not anarchy, we are to be a much more “regimented” society. Those who do not comply will be removed.

      • Razedbywolvs

        When I was a kid I intended to make cup of noddles. I didn’t intend to burn my arm using a microwave, but did it. I also didn’t intend to set my sleeping bag on fire playing with matches. Or bruin down an acer of Los Gatos trying to kill wasps with gopher bombs.
        I try not to use fire because my intent and outcome never seem to correlate.

        • Ed

          Lol.

        • Steve Rusk

          You didn’t have a “plan” or a clue apparently. These guys do and they aren’t saying what they’re actually planing. You know, too big to fail and all of that, the little guy just can’t be trusted to do what’s necessary.

          • Razedbywolvs

            No they say everything there planning. Most people just don’t want to hear or see it.

  • Ursula Bergamotte

    Da ich im Moment wegen der extrem vielen News nicht mehr in zig Gruppen posten kann, empfehle ich allen, welche interessiert sind, mal bei dieser Gruppe vorbeizuschauen.

    Würde mich freuen und ich poste alle News die immer reinkommen auf jeden Fall mal dort.

    Einen schönen Sonntag liebe FB-Freunde.

    Urs

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  • landy fincannon

    Residen/citizen = subject

  • InalienableWrights

    Admit it. Wouldn’t you really like to see this treasonous SOB hang for treason? You would not be alone.

  • Eric Bolt

    Recall everyone inside this N/ot S/o A/merican Agency was laughing their Asses off on 9/11-! To date they have not yet served America one single day or time-! Think w/ Snowden in Hiding for telling the truth what do you have left -??? or before 9/11-! Oklahoma City etc.. etc.. they do nothing but Murder your Sons & Daughters serving you-!