At National Review by Jim Geraghty
From the Thursday edition of the Morning Jolt:
Actually, There Was Extensive Improper NSA Collection Under Obama
President Trump, on Twitter this morning: “The big story is the ‘unmasking and surveillance’ of people that took place during the Obama Administration.” Trump has a fair complaint; his administration did come into office and learn of a National Security Agency program that was vacuuming up the personal information of law-abiding American citizens in violation of previous administration’s assurances and agreements.
The problems concerned the N.S.A. program’s “upstream” system, which collects emails and other internet messages entering or leaving the United States from the switches of network operators like AT&T. One thing that system did was collect messages that merely included identifying terms — like email addresses — for foreigners whom the agency is spying on, but are neither to nor from those targets. The agency called that “about” surveillance, because it gathered messages about its target.