ACLU to Jim Comey: Welcome. Now Fix This.

Jim Comey has officially been in charge of the FBI for less than two weeks.

Today, in honor of Constitution Day, the ACLU just released a report showing how the FBI’s expanded mandate since 9/11 has led to Constitutional abuses.

Most of the details of the report have been reported here in depth. But the Big Data section includes some details I haven’t covered. It explains:

FBI collects Suspicious Activities Reports that duplicate — but lower the standard for — an existing database

Another major problem is that eGuardian effectively competes with another federal government SAR. The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 established the Information Sharing Environment (ISE) to serve as the conduit for terrorism-related information sharing between state and local law enforcement and the federal government.114 A March 2013 Government Accountability Office report found that though the two programs share information between them, eGuardian uses a lower evidentiary threshold for inclusion of SARs, which creates risks and privacy problems.

The Government Accountability Office found that “many fusion centers have decided not to automatically share all of their ISE-SARs with eGuardian” because eGuardian doesn’t meet ISE standards.115 One fusion center said it would never provide SARs to eGuardian because of the fusion center’s privacy policy.116 The Government Accountability Office also found that the two systems “have overlapping goals and offer duplicative services.”117

FBI will soon have the equivalent of 20 pieces of intelligence on every American — and they share this broadly

An FBI budget request for fiscal year 2008 said the FBI had amassed databases containing 1.5 billion records, and two members of Congress described documents predicting the FBI would have 6 billion records by 2012, which they said would represent “20 separate ‘records’ for each man, woman and child in the United States.”119

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According to a 2012 Systems of Records Notice covering all FBI data warehouses, the information in these systems can be shared broadly, even with foreign entities and private companies, and for a multitude of law enforcement and non-law enforcement purposes.133

There’s far more in the report, chronicling the slow creep of abusive FBI techniques since 9/11.

Sadly, given that this has all been treated as legal, I doubt that Comey will do anything about it, even with ACLU’s demonstration that the dragnet has led FBI to miss real crimes.

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7 Responses to ACLU to Jim Comey: Welcome. Now Fix This.

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bmaz @BradMossEsq @benjaminwittes Well Brad, you do work your ass off giving people every reason to say just that.
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bmaz Jeebus, even cranky old John Dowd thinks #Deflategate is a travesty of process against Brady. #FreeTomBrady https://t.co/S0vO8cR5u5
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bmaz @gideonoliver Sweet!
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emptywheel @makarov__ I've actually raised that as a possibility. But you don't think we have as much to lose there, too? @thegrugq
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emptywheel @peter_donnelly Precisely. Thus the problem with trying to retaliate. @thegrugq
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emptywheel RT @thegrugq: US to "retaliate" against China for OPM hack. Somewhere. Somehow. Someway. And you won't even know it happened. ;) http://t.…
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emptywheel @NYLibertariann Hell, Congress won't even do that for a real war against ISIL.
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emptywheel @ColMorrisDavis To be fair, "Fixing our economy" is what nutjob say to undercut concerns abt income inequality.
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emptywheel @NYLibertariann Yep. Just one of many problems with this logic. But maybe it's just propaganda w/best reporter for that.
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emptywheel RT @BenjaminNorton: Ohio man annoyed at neighbor mowing lawn at night shot her in face, ran her over with mower #murica is seriously sick h…
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emptywheel @JasonLeopold Mostly I want to see YOU FOIA details on when they were destroyed. As way of figuring out when govt REALLY learned of deaths.
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emptywheel @AllThingsHLS Right. Perfect for the Squawks. But send us A La Mode, 'kay? @bmaz
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