Documents Reveal The NSA Is An Agency Gone Rogue As FISA 702 Is Reauthorized

Via Disobedient Media

Disobedient Media previously reported on the Senate’s passage of legislation that reauthorized a section of controversial FISA law. Since publishing that article, President Trump tweeted that he had signed off on the legislation, despite widespread calls to veto the bill. FISA laws were initially implemented in 2008 under President Obama, and were set to expire last week.

The Verge reported that Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act provides the director of national intelligence and attorney general with the authority to surveil anyone outside of the country, and remains controversial. The Vergeadded that, while it is designed to target and surveil non-US citizens, privacy advocates say that US citizens can get caught up as well. “This new bill includes some new provisions: authorities can now access communications that simply mention the target, even if they are not the recipient of said message.”

Additional press reports cited The American Civil Liberties Union, who called on Trump to veto the FISA section 702 reauthorization bill. The ACLU wrote: “Trump’s tweet saying the law he signed was different from the one “so wrongly abused” before was not accurate.” The ACLU tweeted that the bill Trump signed “allows the government to violate Americans’ rights and makes the law worse in several ways.”

Media coverage of the reauthorization of FISA 702 has been markedly tepid in recent weeks, often echoing the sentiments of establishment think tanks. CNN’s coverage on the issue was stridently pro-NSA, titled: “Senate must pass FISA Section 702 to protect Americans.” CNN’s article remarkably paralleled the Heritage Foundation, who wrote: “Renewal of FISA’s Section 702: Why America Needs the Provision.” That a supposedly left-leaning press outlet and a conservative think-tank are echoing the same chorus line is particularly noteworthy.

This consensus between legacy press outlets and a right-wing think tank represents an example of what Disobedient Media has previously characterized as an immaterial division between “left” and “right” wing factions within the establishment. The real unanimity between these apparently opposing sides is revealed by their agreement on issues like FISA.

Meanwhile, Fox News related that the FISA Amendments Act allows the government to collect the data from American firms, such as Google or Microsoft, according to the nonprofit Center for Democracy & Technology. Additionally, Disobedient Media previously cited JustSecurity’s observation that The NSA’s own slides describe targeting individuals in Latin America based on issues like “energy” and “political affairs.” This is important because it belies platitudes provided by Paul Ryan, CNN, The Heritage Foundation and their ilk aimed at excusing illegal surveillance in the name of national security and fighting terrorism.

CNN also reported Paul Ryan’s statement on the bill, which emphasized its use being limited to ‘terrorists’ in foreign countries: “This is about foreign terrorists on foreign soil. That’s what this is about, so let’s clear up some of the confusion here.” Despite Ryan’s attempt at “clarifying confusion,” his statement flies in the face of Snowden documents published in 2013 that showed the NSA also spied illegally on Americans.

The revelations from the Snowden files are important when critically appraising claims that such powers will only be used on ‘terrorists’ outside the U.S. Pro Publica wrote regarding the Snowden files’ revelation that under the Obama Administration, the NSA was given massive powers of warrantless surveillance of American citizens’ internet traffic. To pretend ignorance regarding the reality behind the renewal of FISA 702 in the face of these facts is absurd.

That the NSA targets political dissidents and American citizens provides legitimate cause for concern over the passage of FISA reauthorization. The issue is compounded in light of recent DecipherYou findings showing that the NSA also actively attempts to avoid government oversight.

On the same day that Trump tweeted that he’d signed the FISA section 702 reauthorization, Suzie Dawson and this author analyzed a never-before scrutinized Snowden file that showed the NSA endorsing an employee who had interfaced with Congress, and who advised the NSA move to avoid legislative oversight. The file in question was titled: “Do We Over-Classify? Are We Sharing Enough Information?”

Suzie Dawson, a journalist, activist, and current leader of the Internet Party of New Zealand, noted that the unnamed author was effectively telling entire NSA staff that: “The Senate Intelligence Committee should not be allowed to set the terms for reform of the NSA.” Such a revelation is both disturbing and relevant in regards to the current issues surrounding FISA 702.

The file contains an incredible statement made by the unnamed individual, whose role was at one time to interface between the agency and Congress. They wrote: “…My worry is that a consensus is building within Congress that they need to take action to deal with this problem. Trust me, we don’t want that. We need to address this issue so that the solution is one of our creation and not one that is imposed on us from the outside.”

During the the DecipherYou stream, Dawson commented on the contents of the document: “They [Congress] are mandated by law to set the terms under which the NSA operate. The NSA does not have the mandate to set the terms under which the NSA operates. But this entire document is saying that the NSA needs to set their own rules and boundaries.”

Dawson continued: “Oversight is there because the NSA does not work for the NSA, the NSA works for the public, the Congressional overseers are the elected representatives of the public. It is their job to set the borders and boundaries of what NSA can do, what it’s mission is, why it does that mission, and how it can do that mission.”

The author of the file discusses their experience as an interface between Congress and the NSA as well as having served as “the budget monitor for all of the NSA’s programs,” as part of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. They recounted participated in the NSA’s ‘Legislative Affairs Office,’ which is tasked with interfacing with the Congress, and controls the communications with legislators, determining which information lawmakers receive.

Dawson explained: “If you are in the NSA, you are not allowed to talk to Congress without going through this office… their job is to whitewash and micromanage information that reaches oversight committees. So this person was a part of that office, and has come out of that office, and is 100% resistant to oversight.” She assed that the SID Today document had gone out to the entire NSA workforce, which indicates that the NSA endorsed their sentiments.

The document states: “My second “first job” at NSA was on the Senate team (Duh!) in the Legislative Affairs Office (LAO). That job afforded me the opportunity to utilize the experience I had gained working on Capitol Hill to help the Agency’s senior leaders to develop a successful strategy for dealing with the Congress. That was a particularly challenging and rewarding time in my career.”

The NSA’s disturbing level of independence from legislative oversight was also discussed by The Atlantic in 2013: “…In a representative democracy with a bicameral legislature, Congress was surprised to find that a federal intelligence agency they’d scarcely heard of was bigger and more powerful than one that they’d created. Even after post-Vietnam cutbacks, the NSA counted 68,203 staffers in 1978, making it bigger than all other intelligence agencies combined. And it was unlike other agencies.”

Quote from the Atlantic

As this author discussed with Dawson during the DecipherYou episode relating to this finding, the document completely undercuts any pretense that the NSA needs powers including FISA to protect the American people or the rest of the world, for that matter.

Primary source information, of which the document is a particularly important example, adds to the growing number of important findings stemming from DecipherYou. The files shed light on current issues including the passage legislation renewing FISA section 702, and the implications stemming from the overreach of the NSA as a result of such legislation. Disobedient Media will continue to report on important discoveries from never-before-scrutinized Snowden files as they emerge.

Comments

bilbert Mon, 01/22/2018 - 22:20 Permalink

Let me see.......................  Exactly HOW many terror attacks has this unconstitutional bill prevented?

Anyone??     Donald - you have severely disappointed most of your constituents.

ConcernedCitiz… Perimetr Tue, 01/23/2018 - 18:38 Permalink

Release the memo and so much more Mr POTUS. No holding back any JFK Docs, and release the tapes from the FBI. Get the Lerner drives decoded and out there for the people to see and maybe when the trust in government is blown apart you start rebuilding the government with honest people or have people from all sides involved to keep each other honest

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konadog bilbert Mon, 01/22/2018 - 23:05 Permalink

As long as you accept the premise that anyone who opposes crony capitalism and the NWO corporatocracy is a "terrorist", then 702 is working perfectly. No attack on the NWO corporatocracy has ever succeeded. Just those against shopping malls, schools, theatres, et al. where dead and injured plebs are irrelevant to the ruling class.

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A Sentinel konadog Wed, 01/24/2018 - 11:38 Permalink

That’s really the tricky bit - I’ve known some people of the sort that are our enemies and they literally hide in plain sight. Evelyn de Rothschild walks city streets unrecognized (this was in the 90’s.) 

the most powerful advisors and top technocrats who get a callback from any bank president in 2 minutes — these are completely anonymous people. They are recognized by the well known powerful (politician and financier) but even your average billionaire is completely invisible. One I know actually looks like he’s homeless.

theyre not all in a cabal — but some are (Rothschild and soros for example, through to Lauder and that whole yacht crowd.)

but how do you fight what you can’t see? The only ones I have access to are my friends. That’s not by accident.

I remember how incredibly protective N. M. Rothschild managers were when Evelyn was going to be around. His itinerary was angrily defended and hush-hush.

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Setarcos bilbert Tue, 01/23/2018 - 07:59 Permalink

In an attempt to look on the bright side - which I find difficult with all US admins - maybe Trump is preserving FISA because it will better enable going after Killery & Co., using the very means to pursue the fake Russia connections to have it all boomerang on the felons.  Maybe ... ?

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Give Me Some Truth Erek Tue, 01/23/2018 - 10:29 Permalink

Re: Everyone needs to listen up

The key sentence for me in this piece was her line about the "legacy media" simply echoing the narrative pushed by "establishment think tanks."

The press reports what they are told to report - or in many cases - refuses to report/cover "news" that the "establishment" wants to go unnoticed. 

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Aerows . . . _ _ _ . . . Tue, 01/23/2018 - 14:00 Permalink

Holy Shit, these students really laid it on the blade. And the NSA recruiters were evading the questions.  Good gracious these students give me hope for America.  I know it is fashionable to malign Millennials, but these students asked the right questions and it is plain as day that the NSA people were lying through their teeth.

"I don't consider myself a liar".  Yeah, because you lie so often that you couldn't tell the truth that fire is hot.

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GreatUncle Tue, 01/23/2018 - 06:08 Permalink

The NSA without congress oversight becomes ...

A surveillance group to spy on congress if there is no congress oversight.

As simple as that and "now who would want to do that"?

 

Let it Go Tue, 01/23/2018 - 06:54 Permalink

What a nightmare this whole "spy" thing has become. Can they ever be brought back in line?

Anyone who doesn't believe that countries use psychological warfare and propaganda to sway the opinions of people both in and outside of their country should be considered naive. Too many people America is more than a little hypocritical when they criticize other countries for trying to gain influence considering our history of meddling in the affairs of other countries.

Americans have every reason to be concerned and worried considering revelations of just how big the government intelligence agencies have grown since 9-11 and how unlimited their spying and surveillance operations have become. The article below explores this growth and questions whether we have lost control.

 http://Psychological Warfare And Propaganda Out Of Control.html

FIAT CON Let it Go Tue, 01/23/2018 - 21:58 Permalink

By spying with or without a warrant, and also being the head of the US law enforcement, couldn't you get away with anything, much more than murder! Would the temptation be too strong? How far are you willing to go to protect the crime ring the US .gov/FBI/DOJ/CYA/Obumner have been a part of?

What is clear is the above listed people do not believe the US should be a democracy!

They think only POTUS's they approve of  can be allowed!

It would not surprise me, if every POTUS since Kennedy has been a deep state plant. 

Deeeeeeep State fuckers.

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Chupacabra-322 Tue, 01/23/2018 - 08:54 Permalink

The Criminal FISA & NSA Deep State is the Foundation of the entire Tyrannical Lawless Surveillance State.  Donald Trump had two choices.

 

Stay silent & admit its OK to Surveillance of a Presidental Candidate or not. 

 

He stayed silent & admitted the absolute, Complete, open in your Faces

 

Tyrannical Lawlessness.

 

President has been Set as it was when the Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths gave retroactive immunity to the Criminal Telecommunication (“Intelligence”) Companies which are part of the foundation & Insfrasturcture of 

 

Tyrannical Lawlessness.

chestergimli Tue, 01/23/2018 - 09:16 Permalink

President Trump speaks the things he knows the US citizens want to hear and what things are uppermost on their minds.  So he gives them lip service.  He stands by the children of Lucifer and when the day comes he will go down with them.

Boubou Tue, 01/23/2018 - 09:47 Permalink

They can not be challenged. They have something on everybody - even you. If not they can make it up and disappear you anyway. Just say "T".

Aerows Boubou Tue, 01/23/2018 - 14:09 Permalink

Five Eyes.  They are not legally allowed to spy on their own citizens, so they get another of the Five Eyes agencies to do it for them.

Five Eyes: US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK.  The Five Eyes are designed to share intelligence freely, but so far, they never seem to detect a terrorist attack until there are bodies in the streets.

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redmudhooch Tue, 01/23/2018 - 10:57 Permalink

I wouldn't have a problem with any of this if I didn't know what I know about 9/11.

Who are the "terrorists"?

The terrorists are running our country...

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JailBanksters Tue, 01/23/2018 - 17:46 Permalink

Like any good American Agency (CIA, Club FED, FBI) once your threatened with extinction you whack presidents, cause wars, false flags or financial uncertainty.