FBI - Patriot Act - Invasions of PrivacyFri Mar 9, 2007 14:20-------- Original Message --------
Subject: FBI - Patriot Act - Invasions of Privacy
Date: Fri, 09 Mar 2007 12:48:20 -0500
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Take a look at the invasions of privacy conducted by the FBI under the auspices of the Patriot Act. This is most likely only the tip of the iceberg!! bob
FBI Exceeded Authority in Getting Data
March 9 (Bloomberg) -- The FBI violated the privacy of U.S. citizens when investigators illegally gathered information using expanded powers granted under the USA Patriot Act, a government report said.
The report by Justice Department Inspector General Glenn Fine found at least 22 violations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in using so-called national security letters to collect data. The letters let the FBI obtain private information, such as telephone, banking and e-mail records, without a judicially approved subpoena.
The audit found that the FBI's mistakes weren't criminal, instead blaming errors by agents, poor record-keeping and widespread confusion about the proper process for obtaining the letters.
``I am committed to ensuring that we correct these deficiencies,'' FBI Director Robert Mueller said at a news conference at the bureau's Washington headquarters. Mueller accepted full responsibility for the lapses. ``I am to be held accountable,'' he said.
The FBI was given broader authority to collect the information when Congress rushed to enact the Patriot Act after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The surveillance methods have long spurred complaints from civil liberties groups and some lawmakers who contend the Bush administration may be abusing the rights of Americans.
Today, the House Judiciary Committee said it will hold hearings on the new report.
``Many of us have been saying that the potential for abuse of the Patriot Act's national security letter authority is almost without limit,'' said Committee Chairman John Conyers, a Michigan Democrat. ``This report demonstrates how that potential has now become a reality.''
Mueller, while taking blame for the misuse of the letters, said they are a vital tool in catching terrorists.
``National security letters are absolutely essential,'' Mueller said. ``There has to be a balance between the authorities that are given us in order to protect the American public, and that protection of privacy and civil liberties.''
The report singled out two incidents in which national security letters were used to obtain information improperly. One letter sought full consumer credit reports for a counter- intelligence case. Another requested educational reports from a university.
The report showed that the FBI has vastly increased the use of the national security letters. It issued 47,000 requests for in 2005, compared with 8,500 in 2000 before the Patriot Act made them easier to obtain.
Both Mueller and Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said the inspector general report was thorough and fair. It was mandated by Congress against the wishes of the Bush administration.
Gonzales ``commends the work of the inspector general in uncovering serious problems'' in the FBI's use of the letters, Justice Department spokeswoman Tasia Scolinos said in a statement. Gonzales told FBI Director Robert Mueller that ``these past mistakes will not be tolerated,'' she added.
Subject: Prof. David Griffin's new book
Debunking 9/11 Debunking
By David Ray Griffin
Due to be released in Mid-April... Pre-order at Amazon now...
By virtue of his previous four books on the subject, David Ray Griffin is widely recognized as one of the leading spokespersons of the 9/11 truth movement, which rejects the official conspiracy theory about 9/11. Although this movement was long ignored by the US government and the mainstream media, recent polls have shown that (as Time magazine has acknowledged) the rejection of the official theory has become "a mainstream political phenomenon." It is not surprising, therefore, that the government and the corporately controlled media have shifted tactics. No longer ignoring the 9/11 truth movement, they have released a flurry of stories and reports aimed at debunking it.
In the present book, David Ray Griffin shows that these attempts can themselves be easily debunked. Besides demonstrating the pitiful failure of Debunking 9/11 Myths (published by Popular Mechanics and endorsed by Senator John McCain), Griffin riddles recent reports and stories put out by the US Department of State, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the New York Times, Vanity Fair, and Time magazine. He also responds to criticisms of these efforts by left-leaning and Christian publications-which one might have expected to be supportive.
Throughout these critiques, Griffin shows that the charge that is regularly leveled against critics of the official theory-that they employ irrational and unscientific methods to defend conclusions based on faith-actually applies more fully to those who defend the official theory.
This book, by debunking the most prevalent attempts to refute the evidence cited by the 9/11 truth movement, shows that this movement's central claim-that 9/11 was an inside job-remains the only explanation that fits the facts.
About the Author
David Ray Griffin is professor of philosophy of religion and theology, emeritus, at Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California, where he remains a co-director of the Center for Process Studies. His 30 books include The New Pearl Harbor: Disturbing Questions about the Bush Administration and 9/11 (2004), The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions (2005), 9/11 and American Empire (2006, with Peter Dale Scott).
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