The FBI illegally collected 2,000 U.S. telephone call records between 2002 and 2006 by invoking terrorism emergencies that did not exist or persuading phone companies to provide them says the Washington Post. FBI officials issued approvals after the fact to justify their actions.
A Justice Department inspector general’s report due soon is expected to conclude that the FBI violated the law with its emergency requests. Nearly all of them apparently involved terrorism investigations. FBI general counsel Valerie Caproni tols the Post that the bureau violated the Electronic Communications Privacy Act when agents invoked nonexistent emergencies to collect records.