FBI Faked Terrorism Emergencies To Net User Phone Records
Though agency insists 2007 changes resolved issues...
FBI e-mails obtained by the Washington Post
indicate the agency has long struggled with adhering to rules designed to protect civil rights. According to the Post
, 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," says the paper. The FBI admits to the Post that using non-existent emergencies to glean data violated Electronic Communications Privacy Act, but insists that measures put in place in 2007 have since corrected the problem. A Justice Department inspector general's report due out this month is also expected to rule that the FBI frequently violated the law with fake emergency requests.
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|reply to tiger72 |
Re: All the disputed requests for anti-terrorism
said by tiger72:States rights were never a reality. The founding generation abandoned that principle when it threw off the Articles of Confederation just 12 years after the Revolution. A relative libertarian utopia compared to the powerful, centralized federal government they constituted in 1789-1791.
...If only we followed the constitution and left much more power to the states to govern themselves
Every generation since as followed that example. A state enslaves its population, or prohibits freedom of the press, and it's another loss of "states rights." A company in one state pollutes the air (affecting other states), another loss of "states rights."
"Go back to states' rights" is Ron Paul's mantra. But, it's a unrealistically simplistic response to complicated issues which would not disappear just because they're devolved into 50 little ones. It ignores how we got to where we are today. It's just a typical libertarian sleight-of-hand. Talking past issues with simplistic jargon.
|reply to WernerSchutz |
said by WernerSchutz:This is non-news, and an example of DSLR's "blogging" bias.
excellent point. since the guys doing this seem to be breaking this law called the constitution, let's throw them in jail and worry about the paperwork later. Along with them we should also throw in jail their suporters, as TK is, and worry about the paperwork later.
The events described occurred before the Patriot Act was expanded in 2006 to accommodate the President's claimed needs. During the time which the President claimed 18 USC 2511 as the basis for his surveillance activities. The law which was used as a basis for so-called immunity (which only covered the period from 9/11 and passage of the Patriot Act.).
This is just regurgitating what was already known to animate the pitchforking mob.
As much as you don't trust the government, be wary of the motives of those who animate you.