Report: FBI Illegally Collected Phone Records

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A published report says the FBI violated the law in collecting thousands of U.S. telephone records during the Bush administration.

Citing internal memos and interviews, the Washington Post reports the FBI invoked nonexistent terrorism emergencies or persuaded phone companies to provide information. The report says the result was more than 2,000 illegally gathered records between 2002 and 2006.

The Justice Department inspector general is expected to release a report this month detailing the extent of the problem.

FBI general counsel Valerie Caproni said FBI Director Robert Mueller did not know about the requests until after the inspector general's investigation had begun. Caproni told the Post that the bureau will await the inspector general's report before deciding whether disciplinary action is warranted.

You must be logged in to post comments.

Password (case sensitive):
Remember Me:

Read Comments

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
  • by IMConcerned Location: pcb on Jan 19, 2010 at 06:52 AM
    Are we done with the Bush administration yet? In my opinion, just a smokescreen to keep people's minds off what the present admin is trying to do. I'm still watching the other hand!
8195 Front Beach Road Panama City Beach, FL 32407 Station: 850-234-7777 News: 850-230-5221 Fax: 850-233-6647
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 82053192 -
Gray Television, Inc.