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General Category => Scandal Watch => Topic started by: Bigun on March 31, 2020, 11:57:14 AM

Title: FBI problems with FISA warrants extend beyond Russia case, DOJ watchdog warns
Post by: Bigun on March 31, 2020, 11:57:14 AM
FBI problems with FISA warrants extend beyond Russia case, DOJ watchdog warns

Inspector General Michael Horowitz says FBI is going a poor job complying with Wood procedures designed to protect Americans civil liberties in surveillance warrants.

The Justice Department's chief watchdog issued an extraordinary warning (https://oig.justice.gov/reports/2020/a20047.pdf) Tuesday that the FBI is failing to follow its own rules when pursuing surveillance warrants in sensitive intelligence and terrorism cases, confirming that problems first exposed in the Russia collusion probe extend to other cases.

DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz wrote FBI Director Chris Wray in a management alert memo that a review of more than two dozen Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant cases found agents were not complying with the so-called Woods Procedures designed to protect American civil liberties during such probes.

Among the problems cited was a failure by agents to substantiate allegations submitted to courts, similar to the missteps the FBI made in failing to ensure allegations in the Steele dossier back in 2016 were verified before securing a FISA warrant targeting the Trump campaign and former adviser Carter Page...

Excerpted from: https://justthenews.com/government/courts-law/fbi-problems-fisa-warrants-goes-far-beyond-russia-case-doj-watchdog-warns
Title: Re: FBI problems with FISA warrants extend beyond Russia case, DOJ watchdog warns
Post by: PeteS in CA on March 31, 2020, 12:21:46 PM
I can't say I'm surprised. The Carter Page abuses would not have flown unless there already was a culture of sloppiness (or worse) among FBI people dealing with the FISA Court (which should be investigated for possible/likely "incuriosity").