| 13 June 2024, Thursday |

White House recommends scaling back FBI authority under intelligence act

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act’s Section 702 allows the FBI to conduct non-national security inquiries, but a White House assessment released on Monday suggested eliminating this power as part of modifications aimed at having the statute reauthorized.

The President’s Intelligence Advisory Board’s evaluation for the White House suggested Attorney General Merrick Garland “remove FBI’s authority to conduct queries for evidence of a non-national security-related crime in its Section 702 data.”

“FBI’s use of Section 702 should be limited to foreign intelligence purposes only and FBI personnel should receive additional training on what foreign intelligence entails,” the review said.

  • Reuters