by B.N. Frank, Activist Post:
Last month, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray admitted that the agency had purchased location data on American citizens without obtaining warrants “for a specific national security pilot project.” Although Mr. Wray conveyed that the agency isn’t doing this now, that didn’t stop Republicans from starting a new committee to investigate the FBI as well as other federal agencies for infringing on the rights of Americans.
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From Full Measure:
Investigating the Investigators
by Full Measure Staff
There’s a new committee in Congress created by Republicans and modelled after the Church Committee in the 1970s. It’s already digging into alleged abuses by those in the FBI, the Department of Justice, and other federal agencies.
Sen. Frank Church / D-Idaho (Nov. 18, 1975): These hearings have one overriding objective: the development of sufficient information for Congress to legislate appropriate standards for the FBI.
In 1975, Sen. Frank Church, a Democrat, led a new Senate committee tasked with investigating government abuse against Americans.
Sen. Church (Nov. 18, 1975): If fault is to be found, it does not rest in the Bureau alone. It is to be found also in the long line of attorneys general, presidents, and Congresses, who have failed — who have given power, rather, and responsibility, to the FBI — but have failed to give it adequate guidance, direction, and control.
The allegations sound eerily familiar to today. The FBI and CIA were accused of unconstitutional spying on U.S. citizens. The findings inspired new controls, including creation of a secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, to add checks on U.S. intel agencies. But in recent years, that court and others have unearthed ongoing abuses by the same intel agencies.
Now, the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government will investigate more current government attacks on American civil liberties. Republican Thomas Massie is on the new committee.
Sharyl: What are some of the things that you’re interested, personally, in first examining?