Recent Inspector General Reports Concerning the Federal Bureau of Investigation: Statement of Glenn A. Fine Inspector General, U.S. Department of Justice before the House Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, April 14, 2010   [open pdf - 659KB]

From the opening statement of Glenn A. Fine: "In the report issued in January 2010 that is the subject of this hearing, we examined in depth the use of exigent letters. The report detailed how the FBI's practice of using exigent letters evolved, how widespread it became, and the management failures that allowed it to occur. In addition, our report identified other informal ways, in addition to exigent letters, by which the FBI obtained telephone records without legal process. For example, we identified requests made by e-mail, face-to-face, on post-it notes, and by telephone, as well as a practice referred to by the FBI and the providers as 'sneak peeks.' We also describe in our report other improper practices related to the FBI's obtaining of telephone records, such as obtaining records on hot numbers without any legal process, the improper use of administrative subpoenas in certain cases, inaccurate statements to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, and improper requests for reporters' telephone records without required approvals."

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