FBI Apparently Believes That Court Orders Are For Suckers

from the data-mining-the-FBI dept

Wired's invaluable Ryan Singel has been panning for gold in the muddy stream of FBI e-mails and other documents recently obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation under a Freedom of Information Act request, and has already hit a couple of intriguing nuggets, such as overeager agents' willingness to bypass court-order requirements when seeking cell phone records. The documents reveal how this caused tension and dispute even within the Bureau.

One e-mail, from a tech specialist in the FBI's Minneapolis office, complained that other agents would even pose as that specialist when calling telecom carriers, hoping to persuade them to turn over cell records without a judge's order. The cell information would apparently then be used as part of a high-tech tracking program that allowed agents to pinpoint a cell user's location.

Equally intriguing is the report that the Bureau's national-security wiretapping software recorded almost 28 million "session" intercepts in 2006. While it's not clear precisely what counts as a "session," this is obviously vastly more than the 2,176 FISA warrants (pdf) obtained by the government that year, at least some of which only covered physical searches. Unless terror suspects talk on the phone far more than the average teenager, the discrepancy hints that each warrant may have covered a very large number of individuals.

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  1. identicon
    Chris, 22 Dec 2007 @ 12:35am

    Re: Re:

    If by the US Government you mean all members of Congress, the Senate, and all Cabinet officals took part in and approved of the actions that took effect on 9/11 then you are correct in saying those people did not have anything to do with the events that occured on 9/11.

    However, certain key players within the Unites States Government did have key intrical roles in ensuring the events on 9/11 were carried out specificaly as intended. Just a few days before the attack occured the security level was reduced for no apparent reason. Bomb sniffing dogs were removed from the structures, and the entire defense networks of the bulidings were powered down for hours for what was said to be routine service work for network infrastructure upgrades. Steel buildings have never before, and never since collapsed due to a fire. The maximum temperature that an open fire (fires fueld by office equipment, drapeirs, chairs, etc...) can only reach a maximum temperture under ideal conditions that will only weaken steel by a marginal percentage. Any further proof, look at your steel cooking ware in your house. They're on controlled fires (use of a gas such as propane) that can reach even higher temperatures, and yet your pots and pans still retain their shape year after year. Buildings when they collapsed do not fall straight down, they topple over. WTC building 7 also "Collapsed" due to fires, but all the other WTC buildings were left standing, even after taking the full brunt of the force of hundreds of tons of steel falling down on them.

    The same day the 9/11 attacks occured the US military was running field excercises that were designed around plane hijackings. Voice recordings of officals calling NORAD to deploy planes, which normally take minutes to deploy, took hours to get off the ground. All the ground footage you see of firefighters and other emergency service crews responding to the first plane strike show the interroir of the lobbys to be heavily damaged. Why would they sustian damage if a plane hit 40 stories up? Simple, devices were isntalled underground to go off at the same time the planes stuck to weaken the base of the structures. Video footage even shows several squibs going off, and the debri of the outer steel layering lodged into surrounding buldings is a clear indication of the use of explosives. The builings were blown up, and explosives have always been under the direct control of the military.

    The list goes on and on and on and on, most notably however is the fact that serveral of the persons said to be hijackers of the planes are still alive. Some have even sat down with reporters and done interviews, none of which of course made it the mainstream media. Spend an hour doing a little reaserch behind the truth about the events that went on that day and it's quite clear what the intent of the US government is. NAFTA and the EU, and the AU, and all the other mulit-national alliances are built towards one common purpose, driving the world to a sole governing body "The New World Order." Even in presidentail speaches you'll hear the term used.

    The next step is going to be the push for RFID implementation. All new US passports already have them installed. Eventually everything will have one and should the government ever decide to turn yours off, well then you may as well have never existed in the first place. We're nothing but cattle to them, and the more they can dumb down the masses to just chew the cud all day, the more content they'll be.

    US got involved in WWI because someone attacked our people on a ship, after someone told a key German offical that doing so would initaite our involvement. WWII, the exact same reason, Vietnam, yet again nother boat being attacked, and was later even proved to be staged by our own people. WWIII is just another similar event in the waiting.

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