Obama's team increased spying on citizens 60% during Presidential Election Campaign
Spying on citizen's increased 60 per cent during the Presidential Election year compared to the year before. It was 1,378 in 2016 and 836 in 2015.
No explanation for the increase was given by the Director of National Intelligence. Previously, surveillance was limited to non-citizens under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).
The information is pubic information and is available on the website of the Director of National Intelligence. It is linked here:
Other sources said the increase tripled from 2015 to 2016. The government admitted changing the way it began reporting its numbers in 2016. The change was made in accordance with complaints made by the Judges serving on the FISA Court.
In 2016, the FISA Court denied nine applications for citizen surveillance. In 2015, five were denied.
In correspondence from the FISA Court to the Senate Judiciary Committee, FISA Judges complained about being viewed as a "rubber stamp" for warrantless government surveillance.
In 33 years, the FISA court has approved 33,942 applications. Twelve were denied.
Former National Security Adviser, Susan Rice.
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