Loretta Lynch had a problem with the Constitution.
She eagerly defended Barack Obama’s illegal executive amnesty and other power grabs.
But one move she made before she left office should frighten every American.
Shortly after Obama’s re-election, Edward Snowden revealed that Obama was illegally spying on every American.
The National Security Agency (NSA) was snooping through every American’s electronic communications without a warrant.
Millions of Americans were outraged.
And in response, Congress passed the USA Freedom Act which was a first step toward reforming the out-of-control surveillance state.
However, in Loretta Lynch’s final days as Attorney General, she signed an order that further eroded American’s Fourth Amendment rights.
Lynch’s order allowed federal agencies beyond the NSA to dig through electronic communications without obtaining a search warrant.
She also allowed for the NSA to share electronic communications with their foreign intelligence counterparts.
Writing on Foxnews.com, Judge Andrew Napolitano laid out the scope of Lynch’s attack on the Fourth Amendment:
“On Jan. 3, outgoing Attorney General Loretta Lynch secretly signed an order directing the National Security Agency — America’s 60,000-person-strong domestic spying apparatus — to make available raw spying data to all other federal intelligence agencies, which then can pass it on to their counterparts in foreign countries and in the 50 states upon request. She did so, she claimed, for administrative convenience. Yet in doing this, she violated basic constitutional principles that were erected centuries ago to prevent just what she did…
…Now, because of the Lynch secret order, revealed by The New York Times late last week, the NSA may share any of its data with any other intelligence agency or law enforcement agency that has an intelligence arm based on — you guessed it — the non-standard of governmental need.
Down the slope we have come, with the destruction of liberty in the name of safety by elected and appointed government officials. At a time when the constitutionally recognized right to privacy was in its infancy, Justice Louis Brandeis warned all who love freedom about its slow demise. He wrote: “Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the Government’s purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding.”
Someday we will learn why Obama did this. I hope that when we do, it is at a time when we still have personal liberty in a free society.”
The abuses of the surveillance state are coming into focus as leaks of intercepted phone calls forced National Security Advisor Michael Flynn to resign.
Many contend those communications were intercepted illegally because no warrant was obtained.
Giving even more power to unelected and unaccountable spy state bureaucrats is a frightening proposition.
And it was Loretta Lynch’s swan song move as Attorney General to sneak in expanding the powers of the NSA on her way out the door.
If they could sink the career of a former General and National Security Advisor, what chance do ordinary Americans stand against the vast, unchecked powers of the surveillance state.
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