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Former President Barack Obama’s intelligence chief issued revised procedures in 2013 that made it easier for executive branch officials to “unmask” the names of lawmakers or congressional staffers caught up in intelligence intercepts overseas, according to interviews and documents reviewed by The Hill.
Procedures issued by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper in March 2013 formally supplanted a 1992 set of rules that made the dissemination of names of intercepted lawmakers or congressional aides an act of last resort.
The new standard allowed for a lawmaker’s or staffer’s name to be unmasked if “an executive branch recipient of intelligence” believed that learning “the identity of the Member of Congress or the Congressional staff is necessary to understand and assess the associated intelligence and further a lawful activity of the recipient agency,” according to a memo released earlier this month by the DNI's office with little public fanfar
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper revised rules in 2013 in a way that made it easier to "unmask" the names of lawmakers or congressional staffers who are incidentally caught in foreign surveillance.
The new procedures implemented by Clapper uprooted the previous set of rules that had been in use for just over two decades, according to a report from The Hill.
originally posted by: Kali74
Elected officials shouldn't be shielded from our eyes. They are our employees.
originally posted by: Kali74
a reply to: burntheships
Unmasking isn't wiretapping. It's revealing a person involved in something classified. Everyone is entitled to privacy. If a member of Congress is involved/suspected in criminal or corrupt behavior, we should be aware of it.
And Obama was already found to be the biggest violator of privacy rights, and abuse of this surveillance law. There was a thread here about it.
"Unmasking" is a term used by the intelligence community that means revealing the identity of someone on a monitored communication.
Warrantless domestic wiretapping program
NSA warrantless surveillance controversy The Act came into public prominence in December 2005 following publication by The New York Times of an article that described a program of warrantless domestic wiretapping ordered by the Bush administration and carried out by the National Security Agency since 2002; a subsequent Bloomberg article suggested that this may have already begun by June 2000.
Provisions The subchapters of FISA provide for: Electronic surveillance (50 U.S.C. ch. 36, subch. I) Physical searches (50 U.S.C. ch. 36, subch. II) Pen registers and trap & trace devices for foreign intelligence purposes (50 U.S.C. ch. 36, subch. III) Access to certain business records for foreign intelligence purposes (50 U.S.C. ch. 36, subch. IV) Reporting requirement (50 U.S.C. ch. 36, subch. V)