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    FBI Broke Law to Search Phone Records

    Washington Post: Memos Show from 2002-2006 Bureau Ignored its own Counterrorism Procedures

    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 or simply persuading phone companies to provide records, according to internal bureau memos and interviews. FBI officials issued approvals after the fact to justify their actions.

    E-mails obtained by The Washington Post detail how counterterrorism officials inside FBI headquarters did not follow their own procedures that were put in place to protect civil liberties. The stream of urgent requests for phone records also overwhelmed the FBI communications analysis unit with work that ultimately was not connected to imminent threats.
    The law was just a nuisance in this case, unless you're a citizen breaking the law, then it's a completely different story.

    This quote from the full article is reminiscent of some J. Edgar Hoover nonsense:
    Among those whose phone records were searched improperly were journalists for The Washington Post and the New York Times, according to interviews with government officials.
    Have to check out those journalists, can't be too careful, you never know who might be a terrorist.
    |TG-X| mp40x

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