Federal spying on journalists enabled by weak administrative rules some still secret

Memos by former Attorney General Eric Holder stated that the federal government could use the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to spy on journalists. FISA has been used to spy on U.S citizens sometimes without a warrant. The guidelines under the Obama administration required the approval of the attorney general and deputy attorney general before going to FISA court to ask permission to spy on journalists. It’s thought that the guidelines under the Trump administration are less demanding. (Reason, September 18,2018, by Joe Setyon)

Mike Masnick, techdirt, September 20, 2018, writes that the FBI can use National Security letters to spy on journalists without due process, and the rules for obtaining those “letters” are still secret.

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