The FBI’s National Security Division (NSD) has been using a technology called “surveillance video” to secretly record people on a daily basis, according to documents obtained by the Associated Press.
The documents, obtained by AP, detail the FBI in 2016 and 2017 using surveillance video from a private company to secretly monitor the online activities of hundreds of thousands of people.
In many instances, the records show, the FBI was notifying the companies they were being recorded by asking for permission to record, the AP reported.
A review of the documents by the AP and The Washington Post found the FBI is using surveillance technology to record hundreds of millions of people in the United States, including Americans suspected of crimes and even suspected terrorists.
The FBI uses the technology to conduct surveillance on Americans in ways that include gathering intelligence, identifying criminals and even conducting “surprise raids,” according to the documents.
In one case, a federal agent secretly recorded a person who was believed to be involved in a bomb plot in which the FBI thought he was carrying out a suicide mission.
The person was charged with trying to use explosives to blow up a bridge in Brooklyn.
The recording was eventually turned over to the FBI, and the person was later arrested.
The technology also can be used to track a person’s whereabouts, according the documents, and can identify people who may be connected to terrorism.
The bureau has been criticized for using surveillance tech on people suspected of terrorism, but has said the technology does not have to be used on Americans.