Writing the 99-page opinion for FISC, Judge Rosemary Collyer castigated the Obama administration for failing to follow the Section 702 procedures designed to ensure that the government does not violate Americans’ civil rights as it is performing work that is vitally important to national security. Collyer declared that the previous administration’s cavalier violations of Section 702’s requirements created “a very serious Fourth Amendment issue.”
criticized the National Security Agency’s inspector general and the
NSA’s Office of Compliance for Operations for their “institutional ‘lack
of candor,’” signaling that in addition to ignoring legal constraints,
the Obama administration was not being honest with the court about its
violations of federal law.”
“Intelligence agencies violated the constitutional rights of American
citizens through illegal surveillance during the Obama administration,
recently declassified documents from the Foreign Intelligence
Surveillance Court (FISC) show.
The secretive court also notes a change for the better under President Trump’s team.
The Fourth Amendment commands:
right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and
effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be
violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause,
supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place
to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.