For John, BLUF: You probably thought this was going on anyway. Nothing to see here; just move along.
This is PJ Media and the author of the 15 February 2017 article is Mr Michael Walsh.
Here is the essence of the situation:
This story, from the Jan. 12, 2017, edition of the New York Times, was little-remarked upon at the time, but suddenly has taken on far greater significance in light of current events:Why, if he thought Mr Trump wasn't such a good guy, would President Obama relax our Fourth Amendment protections as he walked out the door? I hope it doesn't come back to bite him.In its final days, the Obama administration has expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government’s 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy protections.
The new rules significantly relax longstanding limits on what the N.S.A. may do with the information gathered by its most powerful surveillance operations, which are largely unregulated by American wiretapping laws. These include collecting satellite transmissions, phone calls and emails that cross network switches abroad, and messages between people abroad that cross domestic network switches.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff