An Obama-Era Surveillance Timeline

An Obama-Era Surveillance Timeline
Sharyl Attkisson

The former CBS News reporter presents a timeline of Obama-era surveillance of whistleblowers, journalists and other American citizens, cross-referencing them with Russia surveillance allegations. The timeline begins in April 2009, when someone leaks the unmasked name of liberal Congresswoman Jane Harmon, who had been recorded speaking with pro-Israel lobbyists under investigation for espionage.

From Sharyl Attkisson:

2010

The IRS secretly begins “targeting” conservative groups that are seeking nonprofit tax-exempt status, by singling out ones that have “Tea Party” or “Patriot” in their names.

Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning begins illegally leaks classified information to WikiLeaks revealing, among other matters, that the U.S. is extensively spying on the United Nations.

Obama Attorney General Eric Holder renews a Bush-era subpoena of New York Times reporter James Risen in a leak investigation.

Obama administration pursues espionage charges against NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake. (According to the ACLU: spy charges were later dropped and Drake pled guilty to a misdemeanor. The judge called the government's conduct in the case “unconscionable.”)

 

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