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National Security Letter Violations by the FBI

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5 Responses

  1. Patrick S. O'Donnell says:

    Is anyone surprised by the FBI’s behavior here? It has historical precendent with COINTELPRO (e.g., Kenneth O’Reilly, Racial Matters: The FBI’s Secret File on Black America, 1960-1972 [1989]) which, although officially abandoned in the early 1970s, appears to have succeeded in entrenching behavioral norms long associated with the FBI’s institutional and professional ethos, norms that have persevered into our own times. Not without good reason does the Churchill and Vander Wall book, The COINTELPRO Papers… (2002) have a concluding chapter entitled, ‘COINTELPRO Lives On.’

  2. Mag Franklin says:

    The day that the Patriot Act came into being, I predicted that this type of abuse would occur. Did anybody ever wonder how this amazing piece of legislation appeared so miraculously, so perfectly prepared, every t crossed, every i dotted? Did the sheep who approved it so slavishly not understand what was so obvious to me who was only getting what was announced or broadcast by the media? I say kill the Patriot Act completely!

  3. Jim says:

    The FBI and NSA operate completely outside of the framework of the US Constitution which is why they must be abolished.

    As for the NSA’s rampant and illegal domestic spying see John St. Clair Akwei’s lawsuit against the NSA to learn more about the outrageous violations which the NSA is perpetrating against Americans on a daily basis, as its agents use satellites to illegally spy on us within the privacy of our own homes, while tracking us by way of the electromagnetic fields which surround our own bodies.

    See Akwei VS NSA on Google

  4. Jim says:

    The FBI and NSA operate completely outside of the framework of the US Constitution which is why they must be abolished.

    As for the NSA’s rampant and illegal domestic spying see John St. Clair Akwei’s lawsuit against the NSA to learn more about the outrageous violations which the NSA is perpetrating against Americans on a daily basis, as its agents use satellites to illegally spy on us within the privacy of our own homes, while tracking us by way of the electromagnetic fields which surround our own bodies.

    See Akwei VS NSA on Google

  5. Ross Wolf says:

    Recently Obama Signed a One Year Extension To The Patriot Act.

    It does not take much knowledge of history to understand how a corrupt U.S. Government could use National Security Letters under the Patriot Act—As A Political or Economic Weapon.
    Currently in the name of fighting terrorism, U.S. Government can use National Security Letters to search a Citizen’s private information and records without having to provide specific facts—the person’s information sought pertains to a foreign power or agent of a foreign power. Government can impose National Security Letters without probable cause on your employer, your business client(s) credit card providers, even your relationships. After you receive a National Security Letter, under current law you can’t tell anyone. National Security Letters if used by a tyrannical U.S. Government, could be very threatening to Americans when you consider methods used by other governments. For example in Nazi Germany, the Gestapo routinely targeted and damaged business people and companies that refused to support the Nazi Government by—interrogating their customers—about them. Not surprisingly targeted business people and companies found it difficult to make a living after their frightened customers and clients distanced themselves after Gestapo interrogation. Some German corporations with ties to the Reich government used the Gestapo to scare off their business rivals’ associates and customers—to take their business. A corrupt U.S. Government could as easily use National Security Letters in the same manner and to intimidate Americans exercising First Amendment Rights.

    Congress needs to pass legislation that prevents Government using National Security Letters to investigate Americans without first demonstrating a clear standard of probable cause.