The FBI was allegedly caught spying on a US senator |

The FBI was allegedly caught spying on a US senator |

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Recent public documents reveal unauthorized surveillance of a US senator and state legislator by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

Under the jurisdiction of the Court of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance, the Section 702 database grants access to the FBI and NSA, limited to cases where potential information from foreign intelligence agencies can be obtained.

The court notice further revealed that an FBI agent had conducted a separate search for a judge’s social security number at the state level in October of the previous year. This judge previously reported alleged civil rights violations by a city police chief. However, the results of this search were insufficient to warrant querying the database.

Although notified, the specific lawmakers who were subjected to unauthorized FBI surveillance remain unknown at this time.

Notably, FBI Director Christopher Wray framed the latest FBI misconduct as a decrease in past wrongdoing. In response to the FISC notice, Wray pointed to “the 2023 FISC notice” as evidence of significant improvements in FBI compliance with Section 702 requests since implementing substantial reforms. We are committed to putting national security first while responsibly exercising our powers under Section 702.

The news comes amid the Biden administration’s struggle to garner support for renewed FISA oversight, which has come under fire from various political circles.


Earlier this year, it emerged that the FBI secretly monitored many people who participated in the Capitol protests on January 6 and the BLM protests in 2020.

An extensive FISA court review revealed approximately 300,000 cases of abuse between the start of 2020 and the start of 2021. Disturbingly, the report highlights that despite lacking any grounds to suspect ties to foreign governments, an FBI agent conducted 23,132 investigations of US citizens following the Jan. 6 protests on Capitol Hill.

FISA Court Judge Rudolf Contreras openly acknowledged that the FBI consistently violated the government’s three-part standard. In October 2018, the Court finally determined that the FBI’s repeated failure to comply with requests for information under Section 702 had eroded the essence of “minimization procedures” and their adherence to the Fourth Amendment’s reasonableness requirement.

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