Geez Louise, American citizens cannot be surveiled without probable cause of criminal wrongdoing. The government cannot just go around snooping on private citizens out of curiosity. But you can submit FISA warrants for individuals under investigation knowing full well other people, your real persons of interest, will be swept up in the surveillance, as Devin Nunes of the Intelligence Committee notes of Obama’s bugging:
House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) announced on Wednesday that he had learned that members of President Donald Trump’s transition team had been under surveillance by the Obama administration, that individual names had been “unmasked” by the intelligence community, and that those names had been leaked to the media.
Nunes’s information — which he said he would deliver to the White House later — vindicates the bulk of Trump’s claims earlier this month.–Breitbart, March 22, 2017
Nunes refers to this as incidental surveillance, but under this claim the innocent parties to intercepted communications should have been masked. But thanks to a rule change by Obama, the identities of people surveilled made it into intelligence reports. However, the rule change that allowed the dissemination of this information does not pass the smell test, since the rule change is at odds with the FISA law itself. Obama is going to have a heck of a time using an illegal rule change as a defense for actions that run counter to the Fourth Amendment, to say nothing of the FISA law itselt, that protects American citizens from unwarranted searches, seizures, and surveillance. As Cornell’s Law School rightly notes:
Using electronic devices to keep surveillance over a person can implicate the investigated individual’s Fourth Amendment rights. One form of electronic surveillance developed by law enforcement results in attaching a “bug” to a person’s telephone line or to a phone booth and recording the person’s conversation. Courts have held that this practice constitutes a search under the Fourth Amendment because the Fourth Amendment protects an individual’s privacy rights for situations in which the person has a legitimate expectation of privacy.
The Obama administration was engaged in Soviet style behavior regarding the privacy of its citizens. That is, while accusing Trump of having ties to Russia, Obama himself was using the government’s intelligence apparatus to violates his civil rights just like the Russian Politburo. A trademark of globalists, acting consistent with communism while accusing others of having ties to Russians, knowing full well it will convict the latter in the court of public opinion, in this case Trump, of complicity with the enemy of the state.
Similar to a 1989 murder case in Boston, in which Charles Stuart killed his pregnant wife, and then shot himself and blamed the whole incident on a Black, knowing full well the racist reputation of Boston and their gullibility to believe such a story. Well that is the scam of Obama and the Democrats, to demonize Putin and Russia and then blame the latter for the loss of the 2016 election to delegitimize Donald J. Trump’s victory. It is no different than crying racism or anti-Semitism when you’re in trouble, like Charles Stuart did in 1989. The strategy is as old as the hills. Except this time it’s “The Russians are coming!”