FBI Illegally Collected Information Citing False Terrorist Threats

This shows the real danger of terrorism–how the government over-reacts and uses fear to restrict civil liberties. The Washington Post reports that the FBI frequently violated the law to obtain telephone records using false claims of terrorist emergencies:

The FBI illegally collected more than 2,000 U.S. telephone call records between 2002 and 2006 by invoking terrorism emergencies that did not exist or simply persuading phone companies to provide records, according to internal bureau memos and interviews. FBI officials issued approvals after the fact to justify their actions.

E-mails obtained by The Washington Post detail how counterterrorism officials inside FBI headquarters did not follow their own procedures that were put in place to protect civil liberties. The stream of urgent requests for phone records also overwhelmed the FBI communications analysis unit with work that ultimately was not connected to imminent threats.

A Justice Department inspector general’s report due out this month is expected to conclude that the FBI frequently violated the law with its emergency requests, bureau officials confirmed.

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3 Comments

  1. 1
    yanuatmadji says:

    must uphold privacy individual citizen and keep stability off law enforcment

  2. 2
    chip says:

    Is this any surprise???? Give away your rights . Then you don’t deserve any privcy

  3. 3
    Ron Chusid says:

    This came as no surprise at all.

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