Obama DOJ Ignored Complaints From FISA Court About Deceptive Surveillance Descriptions

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Recently Obama said that the oversight over the NSA worked:

“This latest revelation that was made, what was learned was that NSA had inadvertently, accidentally pulled the emails of some Americans in violation of their own rules because of technical problems that they didn’t realize. They presented those problems to the court. The court said, ‘This isn’t going to cut it. You’re going to have to improve the safeguards, given these technical problems.’ That’s exactly what happened. So the point is, is that all these safeguards, checks, audits, oversight worked.”

Uh…not so much:

The Justice Department’s internal ethics watchdog says it never investigated repeated complaints by federal judges that the government had misled them about the NSA’s secret surveillance of Americans’ phone calls and Internet communications.

Two judges on the court that oversees the spying programs separately rebuked federal officials in top-secret court orders for misrepresenting how the NSA was harvesting and analyzing communication records. In a sharply worded 2009 order, one of the judges, Reggie Walton, went so far as to suggest that he could hold national security officials in contempt or refer their conduct to outside investigators.

The Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility routinely probes judges’ allegations that the department’s lawyers may have violated ethics rules that prohibit attorneys from misleading courts. Still, OPR said in response to a Freedom of Information Act request by USA TODAY that it had no record of ever having investigated — or even being made aware of — the scathing and, at the time, classified, critiques from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court between 2009 and 2011.

Those opinions were sufficiently critical that OPR should have reviewed the situation, even if only to assure the department that its lawyers were not to blame, former OPR attorney Leslie Griffin said. “There’s enough in the opinions that it should trigger some level of inquiry,” she said.

So repeated violations went uninvestigated by the DOJ. This is supposed to give us confidence that the oversight over NSA is working? The very fact that the DOJ ignored these complaints repeatedly tells me that they didn’t care, or even approved of, the violations. What’s their excuse? That they all fell through the cracks?


Curt served in the Marine Corps for four years and has been a law enforcement officer in Los Angeles for the last 24 years.

12 Responses to “Obama DOJ Ignored Complaints From FISA Court About Deceptive Surveillance Descriptions”

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    Angel Artiste

    Every function of government has been politicized in Obama’s “Federal Family”. Everyone knows that the only rule is to stick to the agenda, i.e., ruthlessly promote leftist goals, destroy conservatism, and cover for the incompetence of Obama and the corruption of the ruling class. No one in “The Family” has ever been punished for any wrongdoing. The only punishment threatened is for going off the reservation.

    Anyway, so what if NSA wants to keep you under control? You vassals need to be kept chained up and bled for taxes. After all, according to the DNC, “government is the only thing we all belong to”.

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    This is why the Patriot Act was such a bad idea. You should never pass legislation that has such potential for misuse. Just because you may have trusted Pres. Bush not to have abused such power, doesn’t mean you can trust those who follow. As we have learned.

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    @Poppa_T: #5
    If I remember correctly, there was an ending date for the Patriot Act. If so, then the democrats extended something they didn’t want Bush to have. I might be thinking of something else, so don’t quote me on that.

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    Actually, I didn’t trust Bush’s administration with the power in the Patriot Act either. I felt they were setting dangerous precedents regarding the 4th Amendment, and it turned out I was right.

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    Obama and his pet Dog Eric, only go after things THEY do not like…. all other laws, are solely looked into, based upon what OBAMA likes, or dislikes… there currently IS no “DOJ” in America

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    @Ditto: #7

    Actually, I didn’t trust Bush’s administration with the power in the Patriot Act either.

    Our founding fathers didn’t trust ANY politician. This was brought up while they were trying to form our country. This is why the right of each state to form a militia, and to have it armed, was put in the Constitution. The militia is so the citizens can defend themselves against OUR OWN GOVERNMENT, not other countries, or the citizens. Even before we had a country, the founders saw how politicians could become so crooked and greedy for power and control that they could resort to violence if they so chose to.

    My fear is that as obama’s term comes close to ending, the different federal agencies who have been armed with hundreds of millions of rounds of ammo, thousands of weapons, and thousands of armored vehicles, will become a part of obama’s national civilian security force he said he wanted. I can see the union thugs and the Muslim terrorists obama has kept close ties with joining the force. I hope I am wrong, but I can see it coming. This is why I am asking my state to form a militia, so that even if the obama administration bans guns nationally, the state militias can still legally have guns.

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