Declassified memos show FBI illegally shared spy data on Americans with private parties…
An explosive new bombshell report illustrates the flagrant and utter disregard for Americans and the Constitution that took place at the FBI during James Comey’s tenure. According to newly declassified government documents, it has been revealed that the FBI has illegally shared raw intelligence about Americans with unauthorized third parties.
This is an extreme violation of the 4th amendment and any sort of constitutional privacy protections and flies in the face of the years of supposed “assurances” given by the FBI and its counterparts. How does this answer any of the years of questions American public has had regarding how it handles warrantless spy data to avoid abuses or leaks. The answer? Clearly, it doesn’t.
Just prior to being fired by President Trump, former-FBI director James Comey told lawmakers under during congressional testimony that his agency did not use sensitive espionage data gathered about Americans without a warrant only when it was “lawfully collected, carefully overseen and checked.” As far as I am aware and understand it, this is perjury on top of everything else because U.S. intelligence community memos formerly marked classified reveal a much different scenario. These memos show a flagrant disregard for the rules, inadequate training, little to no oversight, and even one case of deliberately sharing spy data with unauthorized parties.
The declassified report revealed –
“We found several instances in which the FBI acquired communications on the same day that the NSA determined through analysis of intercepted communications that the person was in the United States.”
In government speak they call that “deficient” in the real world they call that “cooking the books” or LYING!
Many fear this calls into question the bureau’s integrity as an agency and ability to police itself when it comes to protecting Americans’ privacy 17 years after the war on terror began. That doubt screams amongst libertarians and is continuing to gain traction among conservatives and Republicans as more is revealed about the blatant trampling of the American Constitutional rights. Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act – is up for renewal later this year.
One of the biggest concerns involves so-called backdoor searches in which the FBI can mine NSA intercept data for information that may have been incidentally collected about an American. No warrant or court approval is required, and the FBI insists these searches are one of the most essential tools in combating terrorist plots.
“The FBI procedures allow for really virtually unrestricted querying of the Section 702 data in a way the NSA and CIA have restrained it through their procedures,” she argued before the court in a sealed 2015 proceeding.
“I think that in this case the procedures could be tighter and more restrictive, and should be in order to comply with the Fourth Amendment,” she added.
The court thanked Jeffress for her thoughtful analysis but ultimately rejected her recommendation to impose on the FBI a requirement of creating a written justification why each search would help pursue a national security or criminal matter.
Imagine the audacity of an attorney arguing that a government agency should be working in compliance within the parameters of the 4th amendment…. and the government REJECTED her recommendation to IMPOSE THAT REQUIREMENT UPON THE FBI.
Ladies and gentleman if that doesn’t terrify you? You aren’t paying attention!