In this May 25, 2022 article for The Epoch Times, Joseph Lord reports on the latest controversy involving the FBI.
According to the report, several House Republicans have sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray demanding an explanation on why his agency had wiretapped and gathered personal information on over 3.3 million Americans without a warrant.
The letter came in response to the revelation that the agency collected information on 3,394,053 US Citizens in 2021 – a 250% increase from 2020.
Editor’s Note: While the report says that the surveillance conducted by the FBI in 2021 was in relation to the “larger investigation of alleged Russian attempts to target or weaken US critical infrastructure”, the fact that the FBI has overstepped its boundaries several times before puts their motive into question.
How is it possible for a federal agency to break the law and be unaccountable to the repercussions of its action?
We must remember that mass surveillance of US citizens has already been declared unlawful two years ago.[efn_note]https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-nsa-spying/u-s-court-mass-surveillance-program-exposed-by-snowden-was-illegal-idUSKBN25T3CK[/efn_note] Who gave the FBI the authority to once again, conduct mass surveillance of US citizens without obtaining the proper warrant? Why didn’t the FBI obtain a warrant when they know that conducting investigations without it is illegal?
Will this kind of surveillance become a norm in the US (and the rest of the world) as spy technology becomes more advanced?
Despite these abuses from the FBI, the US is still in a good place, considering that there are laws that protect citizens from illegal surveillance. Citizens from other countries are not so lucky.
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