How to stop the FBI from breaking your privacy
By David DeAnna | Breitbart News / June 29, 2018 08:45:58Federal agents, including FBI Director James Comey, have been investigating the possible misuse of a federal program called the “Google Chat” program, according to sources close to the investigation.
The FBI has been investigating how the program, which allows federal agencies to chat with each other and other law enforcement, has been used to monitor activists and activists in the last several years, sources told Breitbart News.
The program was originally created to allow law enforcement to collaborate and coordinate, but the FBI has decided that its primary purpose is to conduct “law enforcement intelligence gathering” with other law enforceees, including with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the sources said.”FBI and DHS have determined that the use of the Google Chat program to track and collect information from individuals in the United States, without a warrant, is unlawful and in violation of the law,” a statement issued by the FBI on Wednesday read.
The Google Chat is a program that allows agencies to use chat-like applications, like Facebook Messenger, to communicate with eachother and other federal and local law enforcement.
The FBI is one of many federal agencies that uses the program.
A spokesperson for the Department, which oversees the program for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan, declined to comment on the ongoing FBI investigation.
A spokeswoman for DHS, which handles the DHS program for Homeland Security, did not respond to a request for comment.
An internal DHS email leaked to Breitbart News in August showed the FBI was investigating the use the program to gather information about activists and civil rights activists, including the “black bloc” protests in New York City.
The emails also indicated that DHS was investigating how many agencies were using the program and how they were using it.
The emails also said the DHS has not approved any applications.
The use of Google Chat and other similar programs are illegal under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, according the FBI’s Office of General Counsel, who declined to discuss the ongoing investigation.
In August, a DHS Inspector General’s report revealed that at least 17 federal agencies were “actively engaging in surveillance on individuals outside of the United State” using Google Chat.
The IG found that many of these agencies were able to collect the information without warrants because of a lack of guidance from the Department and “some DHS offices.”
“Google Chat is used for law enforcement purposes, including gathering intelligence from other law enforcers to determine if there is any connection between a person and an event, event or person or group,” the IG wrote in the report.
“It is not used to obtain information about individuals or groups outside the United U. S. As a result, there is no legal basis to require a warrant to use Google Chat.”