FBI Admits To Widespread Snooping

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The Director of the FBI, Mr. Robert Mueller testified before a Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday (3/5) and alluded to the fact that the feds may have improperly accessed several thousand Americans phone, bank and Internet records in its sweeping investigation of terrorists home and abroad.  The abuse of “national security letters” the devices needed to obtain sensitive data on suspects without the approval of judges have been ongoing for several years according to research done by Congress.  After the Patriot Act was enacted in 2001 there have been an unprecendented amount of requests enabling the FBI to snoop into the lives of Americans.  Here is an excerpt from the explosive article from the New York Times:

Speaking before the FBI chief, Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., urged Mueller to be more vigilant in correcting what he called ”widespread illegal and improper use of national security letters.”

”Everybody wants to stop terrorists. But we also, though, as Americans, we believe in our privacy rights and we want those protected,” Leahy said. ”There has to be a better chain of command for this. You cannot just have an FBI agent who decides he’d like to obtain Americans’ records, bank records or anything else and do it just because they want to.”

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