Barack Obama’s two terms in office were awash in scandals and corruption.
But one act of wrongdoing stands out above the rest.
And Barack Obama just got the bad news about his biggest scandal that no one saw coming.
Edward Snowden turned Obama’s Presidency upside down in 2013 when he revealed that Obama was illegally spying on Americans phone calls, emails, and text messages by using a secret NSA program authorized under the Patriot Act.
The program briefly lapsed in 2015 when Rand Paul filibustered the Patriot Act’s reauthorization.
In response, Congress passed the USA Freedom Act, which ended the NSA’s bulk data collection program, but required the phone company to keep all records of communication and turn them over to the government with a judge’s order.
While this was the first step to reforming the surveillance state, it did not end Barack Obama’s massive spying apparatus.
Now the program is up for reauthorization again and reports are surfacing that the Trump administration is going to let Obama’s warrantless wiretapping program expire.
Luke Murray – who serves as a national security advisor to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy – told Lawfare podcast that Obama’s spying program “hasn’t actually been us[ed] it for the past six months.”
“I’m actually not certain that the administration will want to start that back up,” Murray continued.
When Edward Snowden revealed this program in the spring of 2013, it created an uproar.
It was one of the worst scandals of the Obama administration.
But because the media always worked to protect Obama from criticism and the surveillance state had bipartisan defenders in Congress, it never reached a critical mass to force a real change.
The press was interested for a day or two, and then once Snowden’s identity as the source became public, the press moved on to that while the mystery surrounding the story dissipated.
Conservatives have fought an uphill battle to end this illegal program for the last six years.
And it looks like their work may have finally paid off.
However, critics of the surveillance state cannot rest easy.
Deep State agents in the National Security Agency may have a backup plan that Americans – or even President Trump – do not know about.
Still, President Trump residing in the Oval Office could be America’s best chance to reign in these programs.
The FBI and Obama administration victimized Trump with questionable spying tactics.
Another hurdle facing spy state apologists is they cannot point to one case where this intrusive and unconstitutional program actually stopped a terrorist attack.
In the case of the Orlando night club shooter and the Boston Marathon bomber – the government had either been tipped off or knew about the terrorists in advance.
But they did not connect the dots or follow through on efforts that could’ve prevented these tragedies.
A sprawling surveillance program monitoring Americans every electronic communication makes no one safer.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.