A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that certain sections of the USA Patriot Act are unconstitutional because they allow law enforcement agents to conduct searches and surveillance without showing probable cause. Judge Ann Aiken of U.S. District Court in Portland, Oregon, ruled that Patriot Act provisions that broadened the scope of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants violated Fourth Amendment provisions against unreasonable searches and seizures. FISA warrants, which typically are issued to monitor or search individuals being investigated for international terrorism against the U.S. can be used by law enforcement agents to access bank records. The ruling was the...
A U.S. lawmaker is calling on the Obama administration to restrict how federal investigators use a controversial subpoena to obtain financial and other records, echoing a bill that U.S. officials have voiced support for.
The U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on a Senate-approved bill that would pressure foreign financial institutions to disclose their U.S. clients and extend government subpoena powers of financial records.
Many bank employees can't differentiate between SAR-related and other information requests they receive from law enforcement agencies, regulators and other financial institutions. As a result, some hinder financial investigations by ignoring the requests.