ACLU Obtains Documents Showing FBI Doesn’t Always Get Warrants Before Reading Emails

By: Wednesday May 8, 2013 2:00 pm

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has received documents in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that provide details on FBI and Justice Department policies, which appear to suggest the federal authorities can read emails without obtaining a warrant.

The FBI provided a copy of a 2012 Domestic Investigations and Operations Guide (DIOG) that had not been made public. It contained nothing about the Fourth Amendment requiring a warrant for all emails. It stated that in enacting the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA)

Into the Weeds with FISA and the Goldsmith Memo

By: Monday March 28, 2011 7:15 pm

The unredacted sections of the Goldsmith Memo do not rely on In re Sealed Case to claim warrantless wiretapping qualifies as a special need, whereas the White Paper does.

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