[reuters] The FBI collected more than 2,000 records on U.S. telephone calls by invoking terrorism emergencies that did not exist or by persuading phone companies to provide them, The Washington Post reported on Tuesday.
FBI officials issued approvals afterward to justify their actions in collecting the phone records between 2002 and 2006, the newspaper said.
"This practice ceased in 2006 and never involved obtaining the content of telephone conversations. Additionally, steps have been taken to ensure similar situations do not occur in the future," FBI spokesman Michael Kortan told Reuters.
FBI broke law in phone searches