Barr ordered more changes to FBI surveillance under FISA

Attorney General William Barr ordered another round of changes on Tuesday, saying he needed to avoid abuse of the law allowing the FBI to conduct covert surveillance in terrorism and foreign terrorism cases.

Sanctions previously imposed by Berar and FBI Director Chris Ray after the Department of Justice concluded last year include new policies that the FBI lurked on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page to gain authority under FISA, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Abused the process. . Page FISA is a rally site for conservative opponents of the FBI investigation of the Trump campaign.

For physical staff members, federal office candidates, or their employees or advisors, before conducting physical searches or wiretaps of a federal election official, the FBI should now consider giving a “defensive briefing” to let them know that They can be. Aim for foreign influence. Such a move, Barr said, would address concerns that people in America “may become unwilling partners participating in an election or a policy or a foreign power’s effort to influence the policy of the United States government.”

Trump became given a general defensive briefing by the FBI after becoming the Republican nominee in 2016. But the FBI did not warn him that some members of his campaign were under investigation. Nor did the agents confront them with their suspicion that they may have been improperly affected by the Russian government.

Barr said FISA is an important investigative tool, especially in fighting terrorism. But he said that the public should believe that it does not violate the civil liberties of Americans.

“What happened to the Trump presidential campaign and subsequent administration after being duly elected by the US president should never happen again,” he said.

In a pair of memos, Barr instructed the FBI to set up a new office of internal auditing, which would be headed by an assistant FBI director fired from the ranks of the FBI, a method used by the FBI to use FISA and other technologies Will review regularly. Such as national security paper. He also ordered that whenever the FBI targets an American person using FISA officers.

An FBI official said Rey has already implemented a variety of internal security measures as ordered by the Justice Department on Tuesday. The officer also said that despite previous problems, recent reviews by the Inspector General have shown that the information in the FBI’s FISA applications is highly accurate.

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