Today The Washington Post - yes, THAT Washington Post - says that Team Hopenchange had the restrictions on spying on Americans removed:
The Obama administration secretly won permission from a surveillance court in 2011 to reverse restrictions on the National Security Agency’s use of intercepted phone calls and e-mails, permitting the agency to search deliberately for Americans’ communications in its massive databases, according to interviews with government officials and recently declassified material.And just who had those restrictions put into place to protect Americans privacy? WaPo is a bit vague on that:
The court in 2008 imposed a wholesale ban on such searches at the government’s request, said Alex Joel, civil liberties protection officer at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). (emphasis RSR)Hmmm. Now what Administration was running the government back in 2008? I wonder...