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NY Times: FBI a Major Player in Email, Phone Data Collection

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By    |   Monday, 12 Jan 2015 07:51 AM

The FBI has lawfully collected for years now warrantless data on email traffic and phone calls made by targeted foreigners in the U.S., The New York Times reported.

The Justice Department's inspector general, Michael Horowitz, wrote in 2012 that the FBI "has implemented its targeting procedures with commendable deliberation, thoroughness and professionalism."

A heavily censored version of that report was released this weekend under a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the Times.

The bureau's warrantless surveillance program was designed to insure that emails and calls by U.S. citizens were not collected. Foreign targets for surveillance were identified by the NSA's Prism system and later by the bureau itself, the Times reported.

The newspaper said that it might yet "challenge the redactions at a later stage" because most references to the Prism system were censored in the report.

In the wake of the Islamist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush directed the NSA to collect data on international phone calls and emails made from the U.S. by suspected foreign agents without individual warrants. Surveillance of non-citizens now requires approval of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the Times reported.

The FBI has steadily become a major player in administering the warrantless surveillance program, though it was originally associated with the NSA.

Meanwhile, Attorney General Eric Holder said on CBS' "Face the Nation" that authorities would continue to track terrorism suspects.

"We're not stereotyping anybody," Holder said, "but we are focused on those people who we have some reason to believe might engage in these kinds of these activities."

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