Well this is awkward…
Speaking of Barr, spying, and whether things were legal:
A recent IG investigation found DOJ under Barr secretly launched a vast and legally questionable phone-data surveillance program in 1992 without first determining whether that would be legal. https://t.co/3RIfNEpdcc pic.twitter.com/x1f4IkwCDp
— Brad Heath (@bradheath) April 10, 2019
From USA Today (emphasis mine):
Justice under AG Barr began vast surveillance program without legal review – in 1992, inspector general finds
WASHINGTON – The Justice Department under Attorney General William Barr launched a vast surveillance program that gathered records of innocent Americans’ international phone calls without first conducting a review of whether it was legal, the department’s inspector general concluded Thursday.
It happened in 1992, the last time Barr served as attorney general.
The secret program, run by the Drug Enforcement Administration, ultimately gathered billions of records of nearly all phone calls from the United States to 116 countries, with little oversight from Congress or the courts, a USA TODAY investigation found. It provided a blueprint for far broader phone-data surveillance the government launched after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
The Justice Department’s inspector general said both the DEA and the Justice Department “failed to conduct a comprehensive legal analysis” of its authority to gather those records.
The Inspector General’s report identified areas in which the program would be vulnerable to legal challenges, but did not reach a conclusion about whether it was lawful.