How Many of These Were Grannies or Quakers?

That’™s the real question here.

FBI Investigated 3,501 People Without Warrants

Received Details From Banks, Credit Card, Telephone and Internet Companies

By MARK SHERMAN, AP

WASHINGTON (April 29) – The FBI secretly sought information last year on 3,501 U.S. citizens and legal residents from their banks and credit card, telephone and Internet companies without a court’™s approval, [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

That’™s the real question here.

FBI Investigated 3,501 People Without Warrants

Received Details From Banks, Credit Card, Telephone and Internet Companies

By MARK SHERMAN, AP


WASHINGTON (April 29) – The FBI secretly sought information last year on 3,501 U.S. citizens and legal residents from their banks and credit card, telephone and Internet companies without a court’™s approval, the Justice Department said Friday.

It was the first time the Bush administration has publicly disclosed how often it uses the administrative subpoena known as a National Security Letter, which allows the executive branch of government to obtain records about people in terrorism and espionage investigations without a judge’™s approval or a grand jury subpoena.

Friday’™s disclosure was mandated as part of the renewal of the Patriot Act, the administration’™s sweeping anti-terror law.

It is not necessarily just how many wiretaps and searches, etc. that the FBI has asked for, but how many of them were asked for in order to keep an eye on dissent instead of their stated goal to investigate terrorism? Our problem here is that we’™ve no idea because we cannot possibly trust an Administration to obey the law when it comes to dissenting groups. Certainly we cannot trust an Administration that would burn a CIA agent for political reasons.

Sunday, April 30th, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Politics - U.S.

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