Another damaging FBI inspector general report on the bureau’s abuse of its expanded authorities

Heat-seeking missives

In These Times
by Brian Beutler

04/29/08

There’s a move afoot on Capitol Hill to rein in some of the vast powers conferred upon government investigators by the USA PATRIOT Act, the infamous, hastily crafted law written in response to the September 11th attacks. New legislation has been introduced in both Houses of Congress intended to curb the FBI’s ability to collect private data on virtually anybody using a tool called a national security letter (NSL). The bills come in the wake of yet another damaging FBI inspector general report on the bureau’s abuse of its expanded authorities. ‘The privacy of American citizens is a core value in our society,’ said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), a former federal prosecutor and member of the Senate Judiciary Committee at an April 23 hearing on the FBI’s use of NSLs. ‘I think this is our next really big civil liberties issue’...

//www.inthesetimes.com/article/3662/heat_seeking_missives/


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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Powering Down the Patriot Act
//www.motherjones.com/news/update/2008/04/national-security-letters-patriot-act.html


Informant: Dorothee Krien



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