Details on the FISA court ruling outlining FBI abuse

Sara CarterThe court stated that the FBI querying procedures did not require bureau personnel to document the basis for searching Americans. For example, a reasonable query would be done to obtain information regarding ‘foreign intelligence information or evidence.”

“Without such documentation and in view of reported instances of non-compliance with that standard, the procedures seemed unreasonable under FISA’s definition of”minimization procedures” and possibly the Fourth Amendment,” the court stated.
“The FISC also concluded that the FBI’s querying and minimization procedures, as implemented, were inconsistent with Section 702 information and the Fourth Amendment, in light of certain identified compliance incidents involving queries of Section 702 information,” according to the website On The Record release from the Intelligence Community. The ruling noted that the “instances involved instances in which personnel either misapplied or misunderstood the query standard, such that the queries were not reasonably likely to return foreign intelligence information or evidence of a crime,” according to the IC.

In other words, the FBI is not tracking the justifications for searches of US persons. If they aren't tracked, at all, they can't be audited for compliance or punished for non-compliance. And they also aren't applying the rules put in place to protect US citizens from unjustified surveillance.

This entry was published Sat Feb 15 04:54:22 CST 2020 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2019-10-20 00:49:56.0. [Tweet]

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