Yeah, what does this mean?
I'm thinking of writing an article on the whole document. Going through the 99 page document, several violations of law by the FBI/NSA are cited dealing with the way information gathered via FISA warrents were gathered, stored, and shared:
- Failure to Control Access to data (FBI employees not authorized received data):
- at NSA, people were searching the records, for unauthorized identifiers - they are ONLY allowed to search for the people in the FISA warrant, but they were searching for other people (Trump ? Kelly ? - who knows):
From this document, it appears the FBI/NSA/etc gave excuses for the breaches of law (people didn't know they couldn't do that, equipment was down and they could destroy records, etc) - the court seems to go along with the excuses most of the time.
But the record that caught my attention was the one I posted here, where a separate contractor was given access to the FISA data: and the Court was concerned about the " FBI's apparent disregard of ... rules ... "and whether the FBI may be engaging in similar disclosures":
They then go on to say:
1) The FBI was granting access to recordings to a (redacted - undisclosed) "contractor" ... [Fusion GPS ???]
2) This disclosure was a result of "deliberate decision making"
3) The illegal disclosure of recordings was "based on a memo of understanding" the "FBI lawyers reviewed""this practice" to the courts til 2016.
Take Away The courts believe a lot of nefarious stuff regarding the unauthorized disclosure of FISA recordings were going on, and the Department memos seem to indicate people at the top, knew about it ...
Talking about Steele and FusionGPS having access to “Queries”. The ability to use FBI databases to “Warrantlessly access info e-mail grabs-phone records.
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