National Security Agency to release records about Americans illegally spied on by FBI

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Buckle up, kids. The National Security Agency has agreed to produce records about the FBI’s illegal snooping on 16,000 Americans, according to a letter that I received from the NSA this afternoon, and that suggests a political fight between the two agencies.

Four months ago, the FBI refused to even search for records about the illegal surveillance, which was first made public on September 4, 2020, when the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court released a December 2019 order from U.S. District Judge James Boasberg outlining the FBI’s abuses. In a February 3, 2021 letter responding to my Freedom of Information Act request, FBI Section Chief Michael G. Seidel made the absurd claim that my request did “not contain enough descriptive information to permit a search of our records.”

Obviously, Judge Boasberg was able to determine who the 16,000 Americans were, and note that I sent the exact same letter to the FBI that I sent to the NSA, specifically referencing Judge Boasberg’s order: [cont. on p.2]

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