FBI Opposes Bill That Would Limit How Financial Data Is Subpoenaed in Terror Cases

By Brian Orsak

The FBI is opposing a federal bill that would restrict when the agency can issue subpoenas to financial institutions and other companies. The bill is one of two under consideration in Congress that would limit the agency's use of so-called national security letter subpoenas to cases when there are "specific and articulable facts" giving reason to obtain records involving foreign entities. The subpoenas allow agents to obtain data from institutions for terrorist and spy cases without external vetting. FBI general counsel Valerie Caproni said during a congressional hearing Tuesday that any further restrictions on how the agency issues national security...