Trump camp could have fallen into ‘backdoor’ surveillance

Intelligence agencies could have inadvertently collected and then searched Donald Trump’s phone calls under a controversial loophole in surveillance law, experts say, even if it did not involve a wiretapping order from a federal court.

The intelligence community may legally conduct so-called “backdoor searches” of Americans’ communications, without a warrant, if the target of the surveillance is not a U.S. citizen.

If Trump or his advisors were speaking directly to foreign individuals who were the target of U.S. spying during the election campaign, and the intelligence agencies recorded Trump by accident, it’s plausible that those communications would have been collected and shared amongst intelligence agencies, surveillance law experts say.

The intelligence community’s ability to use data gathered through incidental collection outrages civil liberties advocates, who say law enforcement agencies should be required to get a warrant.

8 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • justinwachin says:

    This is the problem when you give government the power to eavesdrop. Like most well-meaning initiatives, it is only a matter of time until mission creep sits in and the bureaucracy has turned it into something the lawmakers never intended. Or at least, the turn it into something lawmakers would have ever wanted the citizens to know about.

  • Askjrsk says:

    Inadvertently my toosh. This was premeditated and intentional. OBAMAGATE is huge. We must have a complete investigation. James Comey sure DOSENT want it. Unstable as he is emotionally he probably will end up in federal prison. He sure looks worried. Comey is convinced six and a half more years PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP will keep him on. FIRE JAMES COMEY. What’s he hiding? It needs to be brought to the light.

  • Bob says:

    As the “the Church Lady” (Dana Carvey) used to say….
    “How conveeeeenient!”

  • Momma Beth says:

    And do you think that Hillary with all of her international contacts was ever “accidentally” back door searched?

    1. Askjrsk says:

      Never. She was offensive. They ended up dead. That’s Hillary and Bill. Arkansas sure don’t want them.

  • maxx says:

    If anybody believes the U.S. Intelligence Community when they claim they are not performing surveillance of Americans they are either naïve or stupid. Edward Snowden, because he was working for “our government” knew exactly what is going on and had the courage to tell us. Call him what you will but he opened the eyes of tens of millions of Americans to the reality of our government; you know, the one that is supposed to be working FOR US, not against us. The only people that can fix what is wrong with the U.S. government is “we the people” because “THE POLITICIANS ARE THE PROBLEM”.

  • John Siemens says:

    Exactly the way big brother works. Now that Trump is the victim, perhaps he will actually do something to change the law enforce the 4th Amendment. Obama, democrats and the left are experts at reading between the lines and mis-interpreting the true intent of law in order to accomplish their nefarious agenda. This is exactly the way Satan works!

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