Sunday, April 30, 2006

Big Brother is watching: FBI discloses it secretly sought data on 3,501 residents in 2005…


Even if you’re innocent, the Patriot Act allows the FBI to coerce disclosure of personal records about innocent people without getting approval from a judge. The Bush administration admitted it has done just that with an “administrative subpoena known as a National Security Letter

The Associated Press reports, “
The FBI delivered a total of 9,254 NSLs relating to 3,501 people in 2005, according to a report submitted late Friday to Democratic and Republican leaders in the House and Senate. In some cases, the bureau demanded information about one person from seve.” The FBI reported, “it received a secret court's approval for 155 warrants to examine business records last year under a Patriot Act provision that includes library records.” Alberto Gonzalez had previously denied the use of the Act to get individual library records.

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