The FBI improperly and, in some cases, illegally used the USA Patriot Act to secretly obtain personal information about people in the United States, underreporting for three years how often it forced businesses to turn over customer data, a Justice Department audit concluded Friday.
I'm shocked, shocked I tell you! Why, I may rise to the level of flabbergasted!
If anyone is surprised by this, you haven't read your recent American history. The FBI has something of a habit of such actions.
Now for the fun, spin and butt-covering part of the story:
The audit blames agent error and shoddy record-keeping for the bulk of the problems and did not find any indication of criminal misconduct.
Well, nice to know you can have illegal activity without criminal misconduct. What a crock.