This is a question I’ve been previewing since 2017, when information came out indicating that FISA Section 702 search-term queries were implicated in the surveillance of former President Trump and his associates.
The news last week that in 2012 the FBI put a remote “secure work environment” (SWE) at Perkins Coie – news verified by the FBI – has renewed the interest in the question, which from the public’s standpoint remains unanswered to this day.
The original question was this. Has anyone used auditing tools on the FBI’s Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) system to compile a record of what users were doing with Section 702 queries in 2015 and 2016?
The new question, in light of the SWE at Perkins Coie, is whether the auditing tools have been used to verify the nature of user transactions on and with that SWE element fielded at the law firm. Continue reading “A question Congress needs to probe regarding FBI accountability for SCI data use”