Safeguards keeping the NSA from spying on Americans were removed by the Obama administration

According to a new report from The Washington Post, President Obama’s administration sought to relax restrictions on National Security Agency surveillance in 2011, winning permission from a surveillance court to deliberately search for the intercepted phone calls and emails of citizens without a warrant. The court also reportedly extended the length of time that the NSA is permitted to store intercepted US communications to 6 years, up from 5, and even longer under “special circumstances.”

The 2011 decision overturns a 2008 ban on warrantless searches of the NSA’s databases containing email and phone call records of American citizens and legal residents.

The Post’s report comes as the Obama administration and the US intelligence…

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