EFF Finds Evidence Of Over 40,000 Intelligence Violations By The FBI Since 9/11

from the yes,-40,000 dept

We've pointed out, multiple times, how the FBI has been caught abusing the Patriot Act with things like using National Security Letters to get information it had no legal right to obtain. Even worse, when President Obama issued a blanket absolution for the FBI breaking the law it seemed like no one batted an eye. In fact, you may not have even heard about it, because the press just didn't think that breaking the law to spy on Americans is really that big of a deal.

So, once again, it seems unlikely that this story will get much attention, but the EFF has, via a series of Freedom of Information Act requests, determined that the FBI may have committed over 40,000 intelligence violations since 9/11, 2001.

Yes: 40,000.

On top of that, the research uncovered evidence of the FBI "lying in declarations to courts, using improper evidence to obtain grand jury subpoenas, and accessing password-protected files without a warrant." And yet, why aren't we hearing much about this? Why aren't there stories everywhere covering this massive abuse by the government? Instead, we just get Congress rubber stamping a renewal of the Patriot Act, without even taking into consideration what's happening.

Filed Under: abuse of power, due process, fbi, patriot act, privacy, warrants

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    Jay (profile), 2 Feb 2011 @ 3:45pm

    Re: Re: Re: Correction

    I've made this argument before and I know it's not the most popular, but dang... It's not JUST the president, it's the bureacracy and the environment. He is the focal point, just as any president will be but you have to think, what keeps the system running? The Prez is only there for 4 years, but I'm sure the Generals (who spend on military "toys"), aides (who know how people think by being shadows), among the other parts that keep the machine running are just as likely to cause problems than Obama fixing them.

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