Democrats Shouldn’t Dismiss Nunes’ Spying Claims So Quickly

House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes told reporters yesterday that members of Donald Trump’s presidential transition team — possibly Trump himself — had been caught up in surveillance during the last days of the Obama administration. Nunes says the surveillance, by both the FBI and NSA, looked to be legal “incidental collection” that had nothing to do with concerns over Russia collusion.If true, this isn’t the “wiretapping” of Trump Towers, as Trump claimed in his infamous tweet a few weeks ago, but it is spying in any commonly understood sense of the word. The NSA routinely listens to calls and reads emails of Americans and collects other data “incidentally” from third parties, avoiding warrants. Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance, which has been found constitutional, states that government doesn’t need a warrant to collect information on Americans as long as the target of the collection is a foreigner.

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