The American Civil Liberties Union is calling for an overhaul of FBI rules after The Washington Times reported that agents used the CIA and National Security Agency to spy on Americans.
The ACLU urged the bureau to impose new limits on agents’ power to investigate Americans without warrants.
The FBI’s rule book, rewritten in 2021, revealed details about how the FBI tasks the CIA and NSA for help on matters including assessments, which are investigations that can involve surveillance without a court order against people not accused of a crime.
The updated 906-page Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide, written during the Trump administration and revised under President Biden, confirmed a decade-old leak detailing the bureau’s work with the CIA and NSA for investigations that may involve warrantless surveillance. The bureau published the 2021 rules online after rejecting requests to make it public, marking the first time the FBI has shared the rule book since the Obama administration.
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