The FBI spied on Americans and illegally shared the intel they gathered with third parties.
The fact that the FBI spied is probably not a scandal, at least not according to current law. Arguably, surveillance is necessary for the FBI to “keep us safe.”
But it is illegal for the FBI to share that intel with third parties. They apparently did it anyway. And FBI Director James Comey was less than forthcoming about it when he assured Congress that the Bureau’s behavior was above-board. According to Circa News:
The FBI has illegally shared raw intelligence about Americans with unauthorized third parties and violated other constitutional privacy protections, according to newly declassified government documents that undercut the bureau’s public assurances about how carefully it handles warrantless spy data to avoid abuses or leaks.
In his final congressional testimony before he was fired by President Trump this month, then-FBI Director James Comey unequivocally told lawmakers his agency used sensitive espionage data gathered about Americans without a warrant only when it was “lawfully collected, carefully overseen and checked.”
Once-top secret U.S. intelligence community memos reviewed by Circa tell a different story, citing instances of “disregard” for rules, inadequate training and “deficient” oversight and even one case of deliberately sharing spy data with a forbidden party.
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