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FBI Misused Surveillance Tool Over 278,000 Times

The FBI stands accused of violating Section 702, which allows for gathering information about foreign threats.

However, the FBI used that rule to illegally gather information on ordinary citizens who had no contact with foreign influences.

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court supervises the Section 702 database which can be viewed by the FBI and the National Security Agency.

The FBI is only authorized to use the database when foreigners are involved. One FBI agent conducted  23,132 separate queries of presumed Americans, looking for a link to foreign threats. He needs to be locked up.

Judge Rudolph Contreras of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court wrote:

“The FBI frequently violated the three-part standard articulated by the government,” Judge Rudolph Contreras of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court wrote.

“In October 2018, the Court concluded that ‘the FBI’s repeated non-complaint queries of Section 702 information’ precluded findings that its Section 702 querying and minimization procedures, as implemented, satisfied the definition of ‘minimization procedures’ and were reasonable under the Fourth Amendment.”

“The Court cited as a contributing factor in FBI’s non-compliance a ‘lack of common understanding within FBI and the National Security Division of the U.S. Department of Justice of what it means for a query to be reasonably likely to return foreign-intelligence information or evidence of a crime.”

The court recognized almost 300,000 inquiries.

Contreras argued:

“Nonetheless, compliance problems with the querying of Section 702 information have proven to be persistent and widespread. If they are not substantially mitigated by these recent measures, it may become necessary to consider other responses, such as substantially limiting the number of FBI personnel with access to unminimized Section 702 information.”

After January 6th one FBI agent ran 23,132 separate queries of presumed Americans, using the excuse that he was looking for foreign influence.

You’d have to be a total idiot to believe that. It is all just part of the FBI to trample on the rights of conservatives.

A House Judiciary Committee and Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government report stated:

“According to whistleblower information, the FBI has manipulated the manner in which it categorized January 6-related investigations to create a misleading narrative that domestic terrorism is organically surging around the country. Ordinarily, the FBI characterizes and labels cases according to the originating field office, with leads ‘cut’ to other field offices for specific assistance in that geographic location. With January 6 cases, however, the FBI has not followed its ordinary procedure, which would have resulted in the (Washington Field Office) leading the investigation and categorizing the investigations as WFO cases.”

From WaPo

 

The FBI has misused a powerful digital surveillance tool more than 278,000 times, including against crime victims, Jan. 6 riot suspects, people arrested at protests after the police killing of George Floyd in 2020 and — in one case — 19,000 donors to a congressional candidate, according to a newly unsealed court document.

FBI officials say they have already fixed the problems, which the agency blamed on a misunderstanding between its employees and Justice Department lawyers about how to properly use a vast database named for the legal statute that created it, Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

But the failures to use the database correctly when collecting information about U.S. citizens and others may make it harder for the agency to marshal support in Congress to renew the law, which is due to expire at the end of this year. It may also create additional head winds for the FBI, which has been under attack for years by former president Donald Trump and his political supporters. House lawmakers aligned with Trump held a hearing this week trying to show that the nation’s premier law enforcement agency is biased against conservatives.

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