the FBI is watching you.

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  1. D_N Flay Table

    D_N Flay Table New Member

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    Judge Orders FBI to Release NSL Abuse Records
    EFF
    Saturday June 16, 2007​
    New Evidence of Misuse Prompts Immediate Response in EFF FOIA Lawsuit
    Washington, D.C. - A judge ordered the FBI today to finally release agency records about its abuse of National Security Letters (NSLs) to collect Americans' personal information. The ruling came just a day after the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urged the judge to immediately respond in its lawsuit over agency delays.
    EFF sued the FBI in April for failing to respond to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request about the misuse of NSLs as revealed in a Justice Department report. This week, more evidence of abuse was uncovered by the Washington Post, and EFF urged the judge Thursday to force the FBI to stop stalling the release of its records on the deeply flawed program.
    "The reports we've seen so far about NSL abuse are just the tip of the iceberg," said EFF Staff Attorney Marcia Hofmann. "FBI officials told the Washington Post that there have likely been several thousand total instances of misuse. Americans deserve answers about this scandal and how the FBI has abused its power to spy on ordinary citizens."
    Under the PATRIOT Act, the FBI can use NSLs to get private records about anyone's domestic phone calls, e-mails and financial transactions without any court approval -- as long as it claims the information could be relevant to a terrorism or espionage investigation. Without a judge's oversight, the law is ripe for the abuse that has been uncovered in these recent reports.
    "The law itself is the source of the problem. It's time for Congress to repeal these expanded NSL powers and protect Americans from this abuse of authority," said Hofmann.
    The judge's order requires the FBI to process 2500 pages of NSL-related records by July 5, and then 2500 pages every 30 days thereafter.
     
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    ...and this is to come as a surprise, why?...
     
  3. DaveyR

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    They are welcome to. I just hope they like what they see.
     
  4. dong20

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    The real question is, who's watching them?
     
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    No one is watching them. We have a criminal administration that is fond of secrecy. Theirs, not yours. History is going to be very unkind to this bunch. We won't know until after he has left office exactly how much damage the Cretin of Crawford has wrought.
     
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    Indeed.

    Though my 'question' wasn't about Bush, any particular administation or even about the FBI per se; but more along the lines of quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
     
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    Too bad the story never quite got around to telling us what these abuses actually were. That's the only way we can determine exactly how big a tizzy we're supposed to work ourselves into.
     
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    Um, of course they never told us "what those abuses were." They are secret. Duh.
     
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    Shit, this is nothing compared to what J Edgar Hoover used to have his boys do. You want to talk about illegal investigations, the Drag Queen
    was in the pocket of the Mafia for christ's sake.
     
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