The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) published statistics in a report showing how many warrantless searches have been conducted under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), which rose by nearly 90 percent from 2020 to 2021. The 3.4 million warrantless searches, according to a senior FBI official, are “certainly a significant number.”
According to the ODNI, these statistics are reported separately from NSA, CIA, and NCTC because of specific distinctions in FBI’s data, particularly because FBI does not tally the number of distinct query terms but instead totals all queries.
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), a leading civil liberties advocate in Washington, D.C., is calling for more transparency and accountability regarding the large number of warrantless searches.
“For anybody outside the government of the United States, the enormous number of FBI searches of Americans’ communications is either extremely worrying or entirely meaningless,” Wyden added. “There are actual numbers in there somewhere – numbers that Congress and the American people need before Section 702 reauthorization takes effect.”
“The FBI must also be forthcoming about the particular circumstances under which it conducted a staggering 1.9 million more queries in 2021. Finally, the public has a right to know whether the FBI has adequately addressed years of excessive abuses of its 702 search authority that have now been documented,” he continued. “Baseline openness is critical if the federal government wants to maintain such broad surveillance powers.”
The FBI and other deep state organizations have seized more illegal authority in the name of “resistance” to the Jan. 6, 2020 demonstration at the United States Capitol:
“Internal FBI emails published by a whistleblower within the powerful federal agency reveal that Attorney General Merrick Garland gave permission for authorities to use counterterrorism methods to watch, monitor, and spy on parents who protest the teaching of extremist Critical Race Theory in schools.”
On Tuesday afternoon, House Republicans obtained and published the internal emails.
“The Counterterrorism and Criminal Divisions established a threat tag, EDUOFFICIALS, to track instances of linked threats. We request that your offices apply the threat tag to investigations and assessments of threats directed specifically against school board officials, members, instructors, and employees.”
Following a series of demands from the National School Boards Administration, which branded parents who protest extremist school board officials as domestic terrorists in a letter to the White House, a federal inquiry into parents opposed to CRT was launched. Internal NSBA records show that the aforementioned letter had been prepared with the full involvement of the Biden administration, constituting what amounts to a privatized accusation of terroristic crimes by the federal government.