EPIC FOIA Notes #12
June 27, 2006
More Reports of Unlawful Intelligence Investigations
for full document—Part 1, Part
Documents obtained by EPIC from the FBI reveal at least 42
cases of possible serious misconduct in intelligence investigations.
The Justice Department's decision to conceal
the case numbers has made it more difficult to know the number
of total violations.
Oversight of the FBI's intelligence activities since passage of
the Patriot Act.
Potential misconduct during intelligence activities must be reported
to the Intelligence Oversight Board (IOB), the Attorney General,
and the President. However, there is no requirement to notify
Congress of these allegations or how these matters are resolved.
These documents raise the troubling possibility that numerous
allegations of unlawful investigations reported to the IOB are
not subject to any Congressional oversight. This is the second
set of documents EPIC has received regarding IOB violations.
These documents obtained by EPIC suggest a need for increased Congressional
oversight of FBI intelligence investigations. EPIC urged such
scrutiny in a recent letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee.