The FBI just got caught in yet more massive, outrageous FISA abuses

by James Bovard

“Like the casino-gambling scene in ‘Casablanca,’ the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act court is ‘shocked, shocked’ the Federal Bureau of Investigation continues to ravage the privacy of vast numbers of Americans. For each American the FISA court permitted the FBI to target, the bureau illicitly surveilled almost 1,000 additional Americans. The court’s just-revealed ruling signals the FBI presumed any American suspected of supporting the Jan. 6, 2021, protests forfeited his constitutional rights. … The heavily redacted 2022 opinion finally released Friday revealed the FBI conducted 278,000 improper searches of Americans in 2020 and early 2021. Incredibly, the bureau conducted roughly 3.4 million warrantless searches of Americans in 2021 via Section 702.” (05/21/23)