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There was high drama last week when Rep. Devin Nunes announced at the White House that he had seen evidence that the communications of the Donald Trump campaign people, and perhaps even Trump himself, had been “incidentally collected” by the US government.

If true, this means that someone authorized the monitoring of Trump campaign communications using Section 702 of the FISA Act. Could it have been then-President Obama? We don’t know. Could it have been other political enemies looking for something to harm the Trump campaign or presidency? It is possible.

There is much we do not yet know about what happened and there is probably quite a bit we will never know. But we do know several very important things about the government spying on Americans.

First there is Section 702 itself. The provision was passed in 2008 as part of a package of amendments to the 1978 FISA bill. As with the PATRIOT Act, we were told that we had to give the government more power to spy on us so that it could catch terrorists. We had to give up some of our liberty for promises of more security, we were told. We were also told that the government would only spy on the bad guys, and that if we had nothing to hide we should have nothing to fear.

We found out five years later from Edward Snowden that the US government viewed Section 702 as a green light for the mass surveillance of Americans. Through programs he revealed, like PRISM, the NSA is able to collect and store our Internet search history, the content of our emails, what files we have shared, who we have chatted with electronically, and more.

That’s why people like NSA whistleblower William Binney said that we know the NSA was spying on Trump because it spies on all of us!

Ironically, FISA itself was passed after the Church Committee Hearings revealed the abuses, criminality, and violations of our privacy that the CIA and other intelligence agencies had been committing for years. FISA was supposed to rein in the intelligence community but, as is often the case in Washington, it did the opposite: it ended up giving the government even more power to spy on us.

So President Trump might have been “wiretapped” by Obama, as he claimed, but unfortunately he will not draw the right conclusions from the violation. He will not see runaway spying on Americans as a grotesque attack on American values. That is unfortunate, because this could have provided a great teaching moment for the president. Seeing how all of us are vulnerable to this kind of government abuse, President Trump could have changed his tune on the PATRIOT Act and all government attacks on our privacy. He could have stood up for liberty, which is really what makes America great.

Section 702 of the FISA Act was renewed in 2012, just before we learned from Snowden how it is abused. It is set to expire this December unless Congress extends it again. Knowing what we now know about this anti-American legislation we must work hard to prevent its renewal. They will try to scare us into supporting the provision, but the loss of our liberty is what should scare us the most!

(Republished from The Ron Paul Institute by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Of course he spied, he did it with the IRS, and all the other scandals the news media covers up. The future is alternative search engines. We all need to us another search engine and than we take away the governments power, who have become to powerful, or we just go back to yelling loud try Lookseek com a no tracking search or one of the other alternative searches. Have a nice day

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  2. MEexpert says:

    Benjamin Franklin said, “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

    In the name of security, the intelligence community has been given enormous powers and a free hand to do whatever they want to do without any checks. Whatever checks were in place have been neutralized by the leverage the intelligence community has over those who are supposed to rein in those powers.

    By maintaining a dossier on every American including the politicians and the judges, the intelligence community controls how the government operates. Any step towards reining in its powers and the leaks and fake news start to appear.

    The PATRIOT Act must go. The number of intelligence agencies must be reduced to a minimum. The spying on American citizens must stop and the endless wars in the Middle East must end. Only then we can start getting our freedom and our safety back. Then the America will be great again and will be safe again.

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  3. The government spies and has stored virtually all email and phone communications over the last decade or so.

    The issue in this case is spying and leaking things that should remain within the intelligence agencies. There is supposed to be a protocol for how the collected communications are used – who hears/sees them etc.

    Obama changed the rules on this stuff with about 10 seconds left in his presidency for some unknown reason… and suddenly The Donald’s private information was being leaked to Obama friendly news sources.

    If the truth ever comes to light (which it probably won’t) Barak may be implicated in some less than savoury activities.

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  4. Rurik says:

    OT

    just wanted to express my admiration for your son, Dr. Paul.

    Not since Senator Byrd gave an impassioned speech on the treasonous march to endless war, have I ever seen a Senator sound so statesman-like.

    I confess I wince when I hear him talk of “Russian aggression”, since they has been none to speak of, nevertheless, I see from this video that the apple truly does not fall far from the tree.

    God bless you and yours sir,

    and Godspeed to your son

    for the record, Senator Byrd:

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  5. You would think the government would not want to keep so many secrets from the people in a good democracy . It should be the more we know the better we would be able to direct our government . But that doesn’t seem to be the case with either political party running our government

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