WASHINGTON (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 01st April, 2020) The FBI routinely fails to document facts stated in applications to a secret surveillance court for permission to eavesdrop on US citizens, with errors similar to those found in a earlier investigation of surveillance that targeted 2016 Trump presidential campaign aide Carter Page, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said in a preliminary report of an audit that is now underway.
In the past two months, investigators selected 29 applications from eight FBI field offices to the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to surveil suspected American spies and terrorists, as well as 34 internal FBI and Justice Department accuracy reviews of FISC applications to spy 42 Americans.
Woods Procedures refers to a FBI jargon for the background file that is supposed to document every fact presented in an FISC application.
Of the 29 applications chosen for the audit, the FBI was unable to locate four Woods Files and it appeared that Woods Procedures files did not exist for another three, the report said.
Moreover, of the internal FBI and Justice Department reviews of applications to spy on 42 Americans, 39 of the applications contained 390 "issues, including unverified, inaccurate, or inadequately supported facts," the report said.
The report emphasized that the latest audit is only partially complete with examiners planning to take a closer look at FBI and Justice Department oversight mechanisms to identify "adequate corrective action," for future FISC applications.
The earlier report documented more than a dozen omissions and misrepresentations of the government's application to wiretap Page, based largely on a widely discredited dossier compiled by a former UK intelligence officer, who was indirectly funded by the Democratic National Committee and Democratic Candidate Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.