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Rand Paul: Obama Spied On Me Using NSA Intercepts

Monday, May 8, 2017 9:57
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Sen. Rand Paul, the former Republican presidential candidate and vocal champion of civil liberties, has received allegations that the Obama administration sought intercepted intelligence from the National Security Agency on him and other members of Congress and has asked President Donald Trump to conduct a formal investigation, Circa has learned.

Paul quietly asked for the probe nearly a month ago in a letter to Trump that was obtained by Circa.

“An anonymous source recently alleged to me that my name, as well as the names of other Members of Congress, were unmasked, queried or both, in intelligence reports of intercepts during the prior administration,” Paul wrote Trump in a letter dated April 10.

“In light of the revelations that the names of persons associated with the Trump campaign were unmasked, I believe the allegations that myself and other elected members of the legislative branch may have also been unmasked or caught in intelligence gathering warrants investigation.

The emergence of the letter, which also was copied to White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and senior Trump adviser Steve Bannon, comes after Circa recently reported that members of Congress and their staffs have been unmasked in NSA intelligence reports as frequently as once a month since President Obama loosened privacy protections back in 2011.

Sen. Rand Paul tweets about the unmasking allegations.

Paul’s letter offered no further detail on the source of the allegations of any specific incident or intercepts.

A source in the intelligence community told Circa on Friday that they were unaware of any unmaskings of NSA intercepts that occurred in 2016 when Paul was running for president that would have required a notification to Congress. The source did not know about prior years.

Usually if the intelligence community reveals the identity of a lawmaker in an NSA intercept, Congress gets what is known as a Gates notification.

Paul has been a critic of the government use of NSA intercepts to spy on Americans and championed other civil liberty causes, most famously conducting a 13-hour filllibuster in 2013 on the Senate floor to raise concerns that U.S. millitary could use drones to strike U.S. citizens on U.S. soil.


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  • pkt

    if rand paul is right,and obama spied on all of the presidential candidates and unmasked them, I think that is grounds for prosecution!he was able to use the FBI to trump up a charge against trump through that phony dossier,but he can not make the same excuse for the rest of the candidates.this kind of surveillance is worse than watergate and obama and all of his cronies need to be prosecuted and thrown in jail to set a precedent to put a stop to this kind of thing for a very long time!to not prosecute them will also set a precedent that will effect politics for a very long time.people are always worried about how things will look if they prosecute a former president of the united states,but do we want our presidents to run roughshod over our rights as citizens and over those of other political parties just because they have the power to do so?if this kind of thing is allowed without severe consequences it will mean the end of our constitutional republic.

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