FBI Carried Out Thousands of Unconstitutional Searches of NSA Archives

HeadlineOct 10, 2019
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In the United States, the FBI has carried out thousands of unconstitutional, warrantless searches of the National Security Agency’s vast computer archives — including the protected personal data of U.S. citizens and residents. That’s according to a ruling last October by the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Court that was declassified this week. In the partially redacted ruling, Judge James Boasberg determined the FBI failed to meet minimum legal standards to protect people’s Fourth Amendment rights to privacy. On one day alone in December 2017, the FBI illegally queried the NSA’s database nearly 7,000 times using people’s Social Security numbers.

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