Obama signed an executive order in his final days saying all intelligence agencies can share information. He did it to trap Trump, knowing career Democrat bureaucrats would be able to leak something on Trump. About 90% of D.C. government employees are Democrats. Clearly, Obama did not want this law in place when his was “the most transparent administration in history.” Obama signing that executive order with just days to go in his administration was as magnanimous as Thomas Jefferson freeing his slaves in his will. — Ron Hart
New rules issued by the Obama administration under Executive Order 12333 will let the NSA—which collects information under that authority with little oversight, transparency, or concern for privacy—share the raw streams of communications it intercepts directly with agencies including the FBI, the DEA, and the Department of Homeland Security, according to a report today by the New York Times.
The Executive Order does not give companies protection from liability when they share information; lawmakers will have to do that through legislation. This has been a sticking point for civil liberties groups with many of the cybersecurity laws proposed so far. When companies discuss legal immunity it harkens back to the immunity that lawmakers gave telecoms after the Bush administration’s warrantless surveillance program was unearthed in 2005. As WIRED reported in 2006, AT&T had installed a secret room at a facility in San Francisco believed to have been used by the NSA for monitoring communications crossing fiberoptic cables.