President Donald Trump and Former President Barack Obama, REUTERS.

The US surveillance system: Victim of reckless actions by Trump/Obama?

Lawfare’s Benjamin Wittes and Jack Goldsmith (Harvard Law) have sounded the alarm over the potential unraveling of a “grand bargain” on surveillance among Congress, the American people and the US intelligence community. And they maintain: “The US intelligence community is on the verge of a crisis of confidence and legitimacy.” In the near term, this chain of events — Russian interference with US elections, possible Trump administration connections, and illegal leaks of classified material — also will have a substantial impact on the debate over the renewal of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (December...