Investigations Find FBI Conducted Illegal Phone Searches
The Washington Post is reporting that the FBI illegally collected telephone records from 2002 through 2006 by invoking nonexistent emergencies to obtain information. During that time the FBI reportedly collected more than 2,000 U.S. telephone records. The Justice Department began an investigation into the matter in 2006, and an official report on the findings is expected to be released later this month. FBI officials have already confirmed early findings that they did not follow procedures intended to protect civil liberties. FBI officials frequently issued national security letters retroactively in order to justify their actions. FBI General Counsel Valeri Caproni admitted that Bureau officials “technically violated the Electronic Communications Privacy Act” by requesting phone records not connected to any imminent threats.