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originally posted by: rickymouse
I am waiting to see if this turns out so some people are punished for creating false documents to disrupt our governments operations and cause civil unrest among the citizens of this country.
The Justice Department's handling of government surveillance tools is among its most "pressing concerns," according to the agency's internal watchdog.
Ahead of the public release of a report on alleged Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuses, Inspector General Michael Horowitz emphasized how much of a burgeoning issue the government's intelligence-gathering has become over the past year.
A report published Wednesday shows "Management of Sensitive Investigative Authorities" among eight top management and performance challenges facing the DOJ.
"Recent and past OIG reviews have found that the Department faces challenges in using these sensitive authorities consistent with its policies, and in a manner that safeguards individuals’ statutory and constitutional privacy rights," the report said. "The actual or perceived misuse of such authorities can undermine the public’s trust and confidence in the Department, impact the Department’s standing with the judiciary, threaten the success of prosecutions, and lead to the amendment or revocation of certain authorities."
In a memo sent to Attorney General William Barr, Horowitz said this section was the only "new challenge" added to his annual report.
The inspector general's office has been busy this week as impeachment proceedings play out on Capitol Hill with public hearings. Horowitz published the findings of a major audit on Tuesday that found a slew of issues with the FBI's validation processes for secret sources.
The watchdog is also gearing up to release the findings of a year-and-a-half-long investigation into alleged FISA abuses related to the 2016 presidential election.