According to a FISA Court ruling, the FBI has not been very careful in protecting citizens from being innocently surveilled. When you have 10 pages of violations that they have been found at fault in, you have a serious problem. It is important to realize that this happened on former Director James Comey’s watch and will be laid at his feet. Will he be asked the pertinent questions?
As Written By Allahpundit for Hot Air:
As a legal matter, this seems straightforward. The FBI’s gotten too loose with sharing Americans’ data in violation of its own “minimization” rules and you’d better believe Jim Comey will be asked about it the next time he testifies before Congress. If he testifies before Congress.
As a political matter, it’s more complicated. Why did agents access the info and, in some cases, share it with people who weren’t supposed to see it? Were they spying on Americans for reasons unrelated to national security or were they scrambling to foil what they thought were imminent terror attacks? If the latter — and that’s a big if — this is a sort of high-tech version of the old “ticking bomb” scenario in debates over torture. When is it appropriate for the government to break its own rules if it reasonably believes it can save innocent lives by doing so?
[A] ruling declassified this month by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) chronicles nearly 10 pages listing hundreds of violations of the FBI’s privacy-protecting minimization rules that occurred on Comey’s watch.
The behavior the FBI admitted to a FISA judge just last month ranged from illegally sharing raw intelligence with unauthorized third parties to accessing intercepted attorney-client privileged communications without proper oversight the bureau promised was in place years ago…
FBI officials acknowledged there have been violations but insist they are a small percentage of the total counterterrorism and counterintelligence work its agents perform.
Almost all are unintentional human errors by good-intentioned agents and analysts under enormous pressure to stop the next major terror attack, the officials said.
In which “ticking bomb” situations would the FBI need to share raw intel with private parties, “ranging from a federal contractor to a private entity that did not have the legal right to see the……..
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