F.B.I. Is Broadening Surveillance Role, Report Shows
New York Times
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has become increasingly involved in the administration of the federal government’s warrantless electronic surveillance since 2008, according to a 2012 report by the Department of Justice’s inspector general. Although the National Security Agency is generally seen as the dominant federal authority in surveillance, the FBI began retaining some data for itself in 2009, and in 2012 the Bureau began suggesting email accounts and phone numbers for surveillance.
The New York Times used FOIA to obtain a partially-redacted version of the report, which was released in January 2015 to the newspaper. An attorney for the paper said that the Times may yet challenge some of the redactions.
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