James Clapper, the blatant liar Director of National Intelligence, has admitted that the NSA uses a back door to conduct warrantless spying on Americans' emails, telephone calls, and other forms of communication, including full contents.
On Tuesday, Wyden and Udall said the NSA's warrantless searches of Americans' emails and phone calls "should be concerning to all."
"This is unacceptable. It raises serious constitutional questions, and poses a real threat to the privacy rights of law-abiding Americans. If a government agency thinks that a particular American is engaged in terrorism or espionage, the fourth amendment requires that the government secure a warrant or emergency authorisation before monitoring his or her communications. This fact should be beyond dispute," the two senators said in a joint statement.
They continued: "Today's admission by the Director of National Intelligence is further proof that meaningful surveillance reform must include closing the back-door searches loophole and requiring the intelligence community to show probable cause before deliberately searching through data collected under section 702 to find the communications of individual Americans."
My view is that Americans' communications, even outside the US, are protected under the US Constitution from warrantless spying by any part of the US government. I also understand that the US Supreme Court has not ruled in agreement with that, but that doesn't make my position incorrect.