FOX News chief Washington correspondent James Rosen reports documents show NSA systematically violated rights of countless Americans.
JAMES ROSEN: On the day President Obama visited Los Angeles last October, to yuck it up with Jimmy Kimmel, the National Security Agency were quietly informing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) that NSA had systematically violating the rights of countless Americans. A subject covered, ironically, on Kimmel's program...
Declassified documents first obtained by the news outlet Circa show the FISA court sharply rebuked the Obama administration. 'With greater frequency than previously disclosed to the court, NSA analysts had used U.S. person identifiers to query the results of internet "upstream" collection, even though NSA's section 702 minimalization procedures prohibited such queries.'
Minimization refers to the precautions the government is supposed to take to ensure that its infringement on the rights of citizens is at a minimum. Judges blasted NSA's institutional lack of candor and added: 'This is a very serious 4th Amendment issue.'
The documents show it was back in 2011 when the FISA court first found NSA's procedures to be 'stautorially and Constitutionally deficient with respect to their protection of U.S. person information.'
Five years later, two weeks before election day, the judges learned that NSA had never adequately enacted the changes it had promised to make.
'The NSA inspector general and its office of compliance for operations [have been] conducting other reviews covering different time periods, with preliminary results suggesting that the problem was widespread during all periods of review.'
ANDREW NAPOLITANO, FOX NEWS: There is a linear connection between excessive aquisition of data by the intelligence community, distribution of that raw data to people who do not need to know it, availablitiy of unmasking, which is producing the real true names of the human beings whose emails, texts, and phone calls were the subjects of all this, and then ultimately the select revelation of those names!
ROSEN: Sen. Rand Paul called this an "amazing abuse of power" while a spokesman for former President Obama did not return our request for comment.
These disclosures are timely though, because Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act, one of the primary means by which U.S. citiznes are caught up in surveillance, is up for reauthorization by the Congress at year's end.