A question Congress needs to probe regarding FBI accountability for SCI data use

It sure acts broke, and we need to fix it.

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”

A rogue SCIF at a law firm? Examining the latest report about the FBI and Perkins Coie; UPDATE: FBI weighs in

The more tangled the web, the more law firms there’ll be.

[See update at the bottom – J.E.]

On Tuesday, Tucker Carlson had a brief segment with Rep. Matt Gaetz to discuss information Gaetz and Rep. Jim Jordan received recently from a “whistleblower.”  The gist of the information is that since 2012, the FBI has maintained a “secure work environment” at the Perkins Coie law firm. (H/t: Conservative Treehouse; video below.)

From Gaetz’s comments, it sounds as if Michael Sussmann, formerly a partner at Perkins Coie (before his indictment in the Durham investigation, for which charge Sussmann was acquitted by a jury on Tuesday), administered the secure work environment until he left the firm in 2021.

Sundance speculates at CTH that the secure work environment at Perkins Coie is where (or perhaps one of the “wheres”) people were gaining unauthorized access to unminimized (i.e., not “masked”) U.S. person identifying information (USPI), as described in the FISA court summary by Judge Rosemary Collyer released in 2017. Continue reading “A rogue SCIF at a law firm? Examining the latest report about the FBI and Perkins Coie; UPDATE: FBI weighs in”