A controversial NSA surveillance program used to monitor foreigners was also being used by the FBI as ‘backdoor’ to gain warrantless access to American communications, according to numerous former U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials with knowledge of the program.
“The program can be misused by anyone with access to it”
The whistleblowers, who recently disclosed the program’s process to Congressional oversight committees, say concern over the warrantless surveillance mounted when it was disclosed earlier this year that Obama officials had accessed and unmasked communications of members of President Trump’s 2016 campaign, allegedly without clear justification.
The process, known as ‘reverse targeting,’ occurs when intelligence and law enforcement officials use a foreign person as a legal pretense for their intended target, an American citizen, the officials stated. The program, as it exists, failed to prevent terror attacks and in many cases made incorrect connections between a foreign target and an innocent American, they stated.
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COMEY'S RETURN: The Former FBI Boss Reveals 'Secret' Twitter Account
A close confidant and longtime friend of James Comey confirmed the account’s true identity on twitter, saying “Ok, in light of this latest tweet, I will confirm that @FormerBu is, in fact, James Comey himself.”
Former FBI Director James Comey made national headlines last summer when he decided to not indict doomed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton over her mishandling of classified information; infamously re-opening the case just weeks before the November election.
Clinton cites the public announcement as a key factor in her stunning defeat to then-Candidate Donald Trump last fall, accusing the FBI director of “shivving” her just days before voters went to the polls.
ENOUGH: House GOP Files CONTEMPT Charges Against FBI, DOJ
Report: “ANTI-TRUMP FBI AGENT LED CLINTON EMAIL PROBE” Now it all starts to make sense!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 3, 2017