by Jon Dougherty


May 21, 2023

The FBI isn’t doing itself any favors in staving off increasing calls, mostly from Republicans, to dramatically reform and even defund the agency, according to an unsealed filing in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC).

The filing states that the FBI improperly used warrantless searches on American citizens more than 278,000 times through November 2021, Fox News reported Friday.

“U.S. citizens covered in that improper effort included people involved in the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021; George Floyd protesters during the summer of 2020; and donors to a failed congressional candidate, the filing said,” according to the outlet.

Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) grants the government the authority to carry out focused surveillance on individuals who are not U.S. citizens and are situated outside the United States.

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