(RightWing.org) – The FBI has been under a lot of scrutiny over the last few years as information about the Russiagate investigation has trickled out. The agency’s FISA practices are especially worrisome. And now, a court has confirmed suspicions that federal law enforcement officials were not behaving as they should’ve been. That’s one of the many reasons Attorney General Bill Barr implemented changed to the FBI’s FISA powers.
On September 4, the Trump Administration made a December ruling by the FISA court public. The federal court, which is charged with overseeing the federal surveillance program, determined the FBI regularly violates rules designed to protect Americans’ privacy. The ruling, unfortunately, wasn’t as shocking as it should have been.
In the findings, posted by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Judge James Boasberg revealed “widespread violations” of the FISA rules, including improper searches. The ruling became public a few days after Attorney General William Barr announced FBI reforms.
#FISA 2 memos from AG Barr in direct response to findings that FBI warrant applications to surveil @carterwpage were defective. Key section: Memo 2 applies to surveillance political campaigns + FBI personnel who “knowingly misrepresent facts” to FISA Court https://t.co/CZNmMxW0Cn
— Catherine Herridge (@CBS_Herridge) September 1, 2020
The attorney general ordered the FBI to give officials who might be under surveillance a “defensive briefing” to let them know a foreign entity might be trying to influence them. That would prevent the Americans from becoming “unwitting participants” in an election scheme by adversaries, according to Barr. He also established the FBI Office of Internal Auditing to monitor the agency.
The FBI is charged with upholding the law and protecting the rights of Americans, but it seems as though in some of its activities, it’s been doing quite the opposite. President Donald Trump would know. His campaign and associates were targeted by the law enforcement agency. He even believes he was spied on. That’s not something a law-abiding American should have to worry about.
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