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FBI using NSA databases without warrants -- again -- STILL


Just The NewsThe FBI has without court orders looked through troves of National Security Agency foreign communications for information on American "racially motivated violent extremists," according to a news report based on a recently declassified report.

The agency conducted the reviews despite being warned several years ago by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which approves warrants for such investigations, that such inquiries were constitutionally alarming, according to the Daily Beast.

The FBI’s warrant-free queries, known as backdoor searches, were related to criminal investigations including those on "domestic terrorism involving racially motivated violent extremists."

The legality of these investigations stops at without court orders. There's no exception in the 4th Amendment for terrorism, regardless of motivation or potential for violence. (If international contacts are involved, that is murkier, but even in such situations communications of US persons are supposed to be protected). It's clear that with Trump out of office, the FBI is doubling down on Spygate and political investigations.

And don't forget that the FBI has been trying for decades to smear the right in general, and Donald Trump supporters in particular, as white supremacists. Which makes me think that's who those queries are targeting.

This is not an isolated problem. Seven separate field offices were involved, meaning not just the Washington, DC group.

More opinionated analysis here.

This entry was published Fri May 07 22:07:30 CDT 2021 by TriggerFinger and last updated 2021-05-07 22:07:30.0. [Tweet]

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