FBI Papers Indicate Intelligence Violations: "The FBI has conducted clandestine surveillance on some U.S. residents for as long as 18 months at a time without proper paperwork or oversight, according to previously classified documents to be released today. Records turned over as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit also indicate that the FBI has investigated hundreds of potential violations related to its use of secret surveillance operations, which have been stepped up dramatically since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks but are largely hidden from public view. ..
Case numbers on the documents indicate that a minimum of 287 potential violations were identified by the FBI [referred to the Intelligence Oversight Board] during those three years [2002-4], but the actual number is certainly higher because the records are incomplete. .. More than 1,700 new cases were opened by the court last year, according to an administration report to Congress. ..
[Potential violations] included a violation of bank privacy statutes and an improper physical search, though the details of the transgressions are edited out. At least two others involve e-mails that were improperly collected after the authority to do so had expired." 6:06:53 PM