by Bevan Hurley
The FBI searched troves of communications sucked up by the National Security Agency for information on ‘racially motivated violent extremists’ without a warrant, ignoring previous warnings it was breaking the law.
The FBI’s requests for access to masses of electronic communications harvested by the National Security Agency (NSA) is revealed in a newly declassified report from the United States’ secret surveillance court.
It shows the FBI has continued to perform warrantless searches through the NSA’s most sensitive databases for routine criminal investigations, despite being told by a federal judge in 2018 and 2019 that such a use was an unconstitutional breach of privacy.
The FBI focused many of its warrantless searches – commonly referred to as backdoor queries – on suspected ‘far-right’ domestic terrorists, The Daily Beast reported.
It’s unclear from the heavily-redacted Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court report whether the FBI uncovered any criminal extremist behavior or made any arrests resulting from the searches.
In its gathering of ‘foreign’ communications data, the NSA often sweeps up Americans’ communications, too.
It’s unclear how many Americans had their data viewed by the FBI in its search for ‘racially motivated’ extremists.
The FISA report did reveal that a single request for data to the NSA from an FBI analyst for information on a suspected domestic terrorists returned 33 hits.
It’s not clear how many other requests were tied to the hunt for alleged racially motivated extremists, nor who at the FBI asked for the data or approved the request.
A senior FBI official told DailyMail.com the FBI had taken ‘numerous steps’ to comply with the FISA court guidance over the past 18 months.
The official wouldn’t answer other questions on specifics and referred questions to the NSA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).
An NSA spokesman said it wouldn’t comment when reached by the DailyMail.com. A spokeswoman for the ODNI said they had no additional information to what FBI had provided.
The FBI did not say what it did with seized data that turned out to be harmless or irrelevant to its search, or whether its access to the NSA’s electronic dragnet led to any arrests or convictions.
In 2019, a federal court ruled the US government can collect information about its citizens without obtaining a warrant if the information is gathered inadvertently while legally carrying out surveillance of non-nationals abroad, such as what the NSA does routinely.
Police state don’t need no permission. Police state don’t follow no Constitution.
I wonder how many of us “subversives” have been “collected”?
I wonder what terrorism-related keywords they used that wouldn’t bury them under antifa calls?
More importantly, I wonder what actual threats to security go undetected as idiot Biden’s GESTAPO rounds up their political opponents?
Rigged election. False flag. Militarized capital…now the “purge” of those who don’t approve or follow the new authoritarian government, all in the name of some manufactured threat?
Sounds pretty textbook to me.
Constitution???? Since when did the Federal Bureau of Idiots give a tinker’s dam about the constitution? Hasn’t it been an arm of the DNC AT LEAST since Willy Jeff and the Witch’s co-presidency?