Evidently according the the EFF, the FBI isn’t much for obeying the law regarding intelligence gathering.
EFF has uncovered widespread violations stemming from FBI intelligence investigations from 2001 – 2008. In a report released today, EFF documents alarming trends in the Bureau’s intelligence investigation practices, suggesting that FBI intelligence investigations have compromised the civil liberties of American citizens far more frequently, and to a greater extent, than was previously assumed.
Given the previous track regard with the the ATF, consider me completely unsurprised. The law is for the citizenry to follow, government employees, especially law enforcement, are exempt. As it is 2500 pages I don’t have the time to wonder through all of it currently, however, one of the bullet points was down right impressive:
Indications that the FBI may have committed upwards of 40,000 possible intelligence violations in the 9 years since 9/11
Over 9 years that’s an average of 12 violations a day. 12 separate instances a day where the law doesn’t apply to them. Remember, they are the law and thusly exempt.