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The Significance Of The FBI's Law-breaking

Greenwald pays attention to a story that the media is all but ignoring and one that is far more grievous and far-reaching than Gonzales' purge.

fbi-doj1.jpg Greenwald pays attention to a story that the media is all but ignoring and one that is far more grievous and far-reaching than Gonzales' purge.

Salon:

In essence, the FBI and our nation's telecommunications companies have secretly created a framework whereby the FBI can obtain -- instantaneously and without limits -- any information it asks for. The Patriot Act already substantially expanded the circumstances under which the FBI can obtain such records without the need for subpoenas or any judicial process, and it left in place only the most minimal limitations and protections. But it is those very minimal safeguards which the FBI continuously violated in order to obtain whatever information its agents desired, about any Americans they targeted, with literally no limits of any kind.
Worse, in many of these cases where these letters were provided, they were completely false -- both because there were no "exigent" circumstances of any kind and there were no subpoenas that were submitted or being processed. So the FBI agents who submitted these instruction letters repeatedly made false statements in order to obtain highly intrusive records. Read more...

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