black bag job

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black bag job

n.
1. A warrantless, illegal entry and search of a premises by the FBI in order to gather information. This practice was discontinued in 1967 and found to be unconstitutional shortly thereafter.
2. A similar entry and search conducted by an agent of the US federal government.
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Considering the amount of sensitive information received through such operations, we may never know not only how effective black bag operations are, but how expansive they are, questions Matthew Aid.
Far from "lionizing" Felt, our article pointedly noted that his "actions were of dubious legality," that his 'judgment was imperfect [and] his motives were mixed." And the observation that Felt took "full legal responsibility referred to his admission of being involved in "black bag operations" targeting domestic terrorists, rather than his conduct as "Deep Throat."