Under Director Chris Wray, the FBI continues to engage in “widespread violations” of rules protecting Americans’ privacy while searching through national security surveillance data, the chief judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has concluded.
In a ruling made in December but unsealed over the Labor Day weekend, Judge James Boasberg revealed that a July 2019 audit had found 87 instances in which the FBI queried “raw FISA acquired” evidence even though agents or analysts “were not reasonably likely to retrieve foreign intelligence information or evidence of a crime” as required by law. In other words, they risked violating Americans’ privacy without a lawful basis.
“There still appear to be widespread violations of the querying standard by the FBI,” Boasberg concluded, citing examples in which NSA records were searched for unnecessary or unlawful reasons…
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