The Federal Bureau of Investigation found violations of its own wiretapping and other intelligence-gathering procedures more than 100 times in the last two years, and problems appear to have grown more frequent, says a new Justice Department report, according to the New York Times. The department’s inspector general called some problems “significant,” including wiretaps that were much broader in scope than approved by a court and others that were allowed to continue for weeks or sometimes months longer than was authorized. The FBI got the full content of 181 telephone calls as part of an intelligence investigation, instead of merely the billing and toll records as authorized. In some cases, the bureau conducted physical searches that had not been properly authorized.
The inspector general’s office concluded that it did not have the jurisdiction to review the legality of National Security Agency wiretapping. The Justice Department has opened reviews into two other controversial counterterrorism tactics that the department has widely employed since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The inspector general has begun looking into FBI use of administrative subpoenas, known as national security letters, to demand records and documents without warrants in terror investigations. The Justice Department Office of Professional Responsibility has opened inquiries related to the detention of 21 people held as material witnesses in terror investigations.