FBI Running ‘Illegal’ Surveillance Programmes on American Citizens

Court reveals the extent of ‘illegal’ surveillance on American citizens by the FBI

A US court ruled FBI’s electronic surveillance activities violated constitutional privacy rights of Americans. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) judged that FBI officials improperly searched a National Security Agency (NSA) intelligence database for info on Americans. The ruling was made last year but was exposed today.

The FISA court found tens of thousands of improper searches by the FBI in 2017 and 2018. For instance, one FBI contractor ran a query to look for information on himself, other FBI personnel and his relatives. The improper searches violated the requirements of the Fourth Amendment.

In 2018, Trump granted permission for another six years of data collection. According to FISC, the FBI has amended its querying practices, and FISC has deemed them sufficient.