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Unleashed and Unaccountable: The FBI's Unchecked Abuse of Authority

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The new national ACLU report "Unleashed and Unaccountable: The FBI's Unchecked Abuse of Authority" documents the extraordinary expansion of FBI power over the last 12 years.

 

On September 4, 2013, James Comey became the 7th director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The first change in leadership at the bureau since the 9/11 attacks provides Congress, the president, and the attorney general the opportunity to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the FBI’s post-9/11 policies and programs. Over the last 12 years, the FBI has become a domestic intelligence agency with unprecedented power to peer into the lives of ordinary Americans and secretly amass data about people not suspected of any wrongdoing. That power has inevitably led to persistent and unconstitutional abuses of authority, some of which are highlighted below.

For a comprehensive look at how the FBI once again became a domestic spying agency and its impact on civil liberties and privacy, read "Unleashed and Unaccountable: The FBI’s Unchecked Abuse of Authority."