Wednesday, April 28, 2021

FBI combed through NSA's trove of Americans' communications WITHOUT a warrant


  • A newly declassified report shows the FBI trawled through vast troves of Americans' communications collected by the National Security Agency
  • Despite previous warnings it was violating the Constitution, the report reveals how the FBI continues to use warrantless searches for routine criminal cases  
  • A single request from an FBI analyst for NSA data 'in connection with predicated criminal investigations relating to domestic terrorism' turned up 33 hits 
  • It's unclear from the heavily-redacted FISA court report whether it uncovered any criminal extremist behavior or made any arrests resulting from the searches 
  • A senior FBI official told the the FBI had taken 'numerous steps' to comply with the FISA court guidance over the past 18 months
  • It comes as the DHS vows to root out domestic extremists within its ranks, and Congress ponders new domestic terror laws  

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