A new report from the Wall Street Journal is shedding more light on the US government’s Foreign Surveillance Court system; revealing a judge ruled last year that the FBI had violated the rights of American citizens.
“U.S. discloses ruling last year by Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court that FBI’s data queries of U.S. citizens were unconstitutional,” reports the Wall Street Journal.
“Some of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s electronic surveillance activities violated the constitutional privacy rights of Americans swept up in a controversial foreign intelligence program, a secretive surveillance court has ruled,” adds the WSJ. “The ruling deals a rare rebuke to U.S. spying activities that have generally withstood legal challenge or review.”
The FISA court system was thrust into the national headlines after former and current State Department and DOJ officials allegedly used the system to obtain warrants against members of President Trump’s 2016 campaign.