FBI Caught Spying on Senator – Biden’s Secret Police?
A federal court has disclosed that the FBI has improperly used their surveillance powers to gather information on a U.S. Senator, a state senator, and a state judge. The court contends that this misuse of power is a testament to a disturbing trend where government instruments are used to spy on or otherwise attack political opponents. The FBI, an entity that should ideally be a beacon of justice and impartiality, is being painted as a secret police force under a totalitarian administration.
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) was responsible for exposing the FBI’s violation. This transgression was outlined in a 2023 Section 702 certification opinion, released by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act only allows the government to carry out targeted surveillance on foreign individuals located outside the U.S.
According to District Judge Rudolph Contreras, the author of the opinion, “In June 2022, an analyst conducted four queries of Section 702 information using the last names of a U.S. Senator and a state senator, without further limitation.” The identities of the U.S. senator, state senator, and judge were not revealed, cloaking the affair in even more mystery.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) voices concern that Section 702 is frequently misused against Americans. Patrick Toomey, deputy director of the ACLU’s National Security Project, expressed this sentiment, stating that “These disturbing new revelations show how Section 702 surveillance, a spy program the government claims is focused on foreign adversaries, is routinely used against Americans, immigrants, and people who are not accused of any wrongdoing.”
Despite the criticism, the FISC has highlighted that out of the approximately 29,131 Section 702 queries reviewed by the National Security Division (NSD), only 501 (1.7%) were in violation of the querying standard. This finding may suggest improvements in the FBI’s Section 702 querying compliance since the implementation of substantial reforms. Nevertheless, the situation has sparked a debate over the reauthorization of Section 702, which is set to expire at the end of this year.
The question now is whether these revelations will have any impact on Congress’s decision. The FBI, standing at the center of the controversy, maintains that Section 702 is critical in the fight against foreign adversaries. FBI Director Christopher Wray affirmed this belief, “Section 702 is critical in our fight against foreign adversaries. We take seriously our role in protecting national security and we take just as seriously our responsibility to be good stewards of our Section 702 authorities.”
However, the newly declassified court documents reveal that the FBI’s practices are still marred by misuse. This was highlighted by a case in June 2022 when an analyst improperly searched for the names of a U.S. senator and a state senator. Moreover, despite the implementation of reforms aimed at curbing misuse, an improper search was also conducted in October 2022 using the Social Security number of a state judge.
These revelations have shaken our perception of the FBI, raising serious questions about the misuse of power. As we stand on the brink of the potential reauthorization of Section 702, it’s essential to thoroughly examine these accusations and ensure that our law enforcement agencies are held accountable for their actions. Transparency and justice must prevail in our fight to safeguard civil rights and liberties.
To sum this up, it is apparent the Section 702 is too much of a temptation. We at FS believe that police should be given all legitimate tools to do their jobs, provided they do not enable the violation of our Constitutional rights. They have clearly stepped over the line and endangered America. Do not reauthorize it.