Civics: Widespread FBI abuse of foreign spy law sets off “alarm bells,” tech group says

Ashley Belanger:

“The systemic misuse of this warrantless surveillance tool has made FISA 702 as toxic as COINTELPRO and the FBI abuses of the Hoover years,” Laperruque said, while his group’s press release noted that the court opinion “confirmed the worst fears of civil rights and civil liberties advocates.

“We now know that the FBI, which has already been under scrutiny for a litany of past compliance violations involving Section 702, engaged in improper searches for Americans’ communications targeted at political activities and actors,” the press release said.

These revelations came to light after a heavily redacted court opinion—decided in April 2022 by the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC, also known as FISA Court)—was newly unclassified last Friday. It detailed the “FBI’s pattern of conducting broad, suspicionless” queries and confirmed that Section 702 compliance issues have “continued to surface.”