Justice Department IG Says Errors “Undermined” FBI Applications for Secret Warrants
Article from For Liberty by Norm Leahy.
The Justice Department’s inspector general released a preliminary audit Tuesday of FBI applications for national security surveillance warrants from the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) which revealed that almost 30 FBI applications were either error-filled or lacked critical supporting documents.
In his memo to FBI Director Christopher Wray, DOJ IG Michael Horowitz says the sample of applications reviewed in the investigation “undermined” the FBI’s “ability to achieve its ‘scrupulously accurate’ standard for FISA applications.”
The inspector general’s office reviewed how the FBI filed applications for warrants using a so-called “Woods Procedures,” a process developed in 2001 in response to earlier FBI missteps in applying for secret warrants.
According to Horowitz’s investigation, the problems persist despite the long-standing safeguards for accuracy and documentation:
We identified facts stated in the FISA application that were: (a) not supported by any documentation in the Woods File, (b) not clearly corroborated by the supporting documentation in the Woods File, or (c) inconsistent with the supporting documentation in the Woods File.
Horowitz added the FBI’s “repeated weaknesses” in verifying the information in the surveillance applications “raise significant questions” about the FBI’s ability to follow its own procedures.
The inspector general’s office will continue to audit the FBI’s FISA applications, but in the meantime recommended the Bureau improve training to avoid errors and perform “a physical inventory to ensure that Woods Files exist for every FISA application submitted to the FISC in all pending investigations.”
In December, an IG investigation into the FISA application the FBI made to surveil former Trump campaign operative Carter Page uncovered a number of “basic and fundamental errors” that “raised significant questions” about the FBI’s management of the entire FISA process.
My question is: How could the FISA Court accept warrants when they were not corroborated by Woods files? Did the court not look at the Woods files? I think the court is just as much at fault as the FBI.
It’s called “being in on it.”
you got that right deep state democrst lawyers with no dedication to duty and a political agenda shut downther FISA courts.
for Liberty is censoring, watch out!
I’m not sure how process works, but it sure looks like this whole thing STINKS! Either the judges are willing or told to pretty much accept the request “on their value Either way, laziness is ” or the judges are being lazy, too. Either way, these need to stop, period.
They weren’t “errors”, they were outright criminal acts to impose unjust penalties on innocent people. If nobody gets jail time for these crimes, the rule of law becomes “the law is what the FBI says it is”.
The judges should be arrested they were part of the coup
Shut down the fisa court
I agree… SHUT DOWN FISA COURT
Law enforcement soon figures out who the ‘tame’ judges are who will accept affidavits without scrutinizing them. The sad thing is the worst that will happen to the rogue agents and their tame judges is they will get a spanking and sent to bed without their supper.
The FBI is corrupt and should be completely over-hauled…Time to CLEAN HOUSE !!!