Tuesday, January 17, 2006

F.B.I spied on thousands during 'pointless intrusions on Americans' privacy'

In the anxious months after the Sept. 11 attacks, the National Security Agency began sending a steady stream of telephone numbers, e-mail addresses and names to the F.B.I. in search of terrorists. The stream soon became a flood, requiring hundreds of agents to check out thousands of tips a month.




But virtually all of them, current and former officials say, led to dead ends or innocent Americans.

F.B.I. officials repeatedly complained to the spy agency that the unfiltered information was swamping investigators. The spy agency was collecting much of the data by eavesdropping on some Americans' international communications and conducting computer searches of phone and Internet traffic. Some F.B.I. officials and prosecutors also thought the checks, which sometimes involved interviews by agents, were pointless intrusions on Americans' privacy.

As the bureau was running down those leads, its director, Robert S. Mueller III, raised concerns about the legal rationale for a program of eavesdropping without warrants, one government official said. Mr. Mueller asked senior administration officials about "whether the program had a proper legal foundation," but deferred to Justice Department legal opinions, the official said.

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That is the question that keeps being asked "whether the program had a proper legal foundation," Well Al Gore seems to think that it is not legal , in fact even Republican Senators such as Arlen Specter are walking through a political minefield finding themselves making comments such as ...

"Impeachment is a remedy. After impeachment, you could have a criminal prosecution, but the principal remedy ... under our society is to pay a political price."

4 Comments:

Blogger Hype said...

It is worse than that. The net they cast covered everything. The rich folks should be concerned about their bank transactions. The feds know all your secrets and will use any leverage they have at their disposal to advance their fascist agenda.

-Hype

January 17, 2006 2:30 pm  
Blogger Memento aka a moment in life said...

Why bother check all these numbers, addresses, names etc... only hours after the attacks the Bush administration and most of the US news agencies stated that Bin Laden and al Qaeda were behind the attacks!!!

I do believe that intelligence plays a major role in the war against Terror... but I believe that the actual Terror threat has been used for several personal and financial reasons by the administration.

And something else...

Have you read about the imminent Terror Threat... Biological threat this time ?

January 17, 2006 8:23 pm  
Blogger Mathias said...

They are desperately trying to use technology to catch criminals, but they haven't quite got it down yet.

January 17, 2006 8:34 pm  
Blogger DJEB said...

"Criminals" always seems to include non-violent peace and justice advocates once these operations are exposed...

January 17, 2006 11:19 pm  

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