FBI improperly used 702 surveillance powers on US senator

The FBI has been found to have improperly used surveillance powers to conduct searches on a U.S. senator, a state lawmaker, and a state judge, according to court records released on Friday. The FBI’s use of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) was documented in an opinion from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), and raises concerns about the reauthorization of this controversial tool. Section 702 allows for warrantless spying on foreigners, but critics argue that it is often used to collect information on Americans with no foreign connection. The FBI’s actions have been condemned by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The release of the opinion comes as Section 702 is set to expire at the end of the year, and lawmakers are calling for significant reforms before backing its reauthorization.


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