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FBI Wants Greater Surveillance Powers

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America's war on terror threatens it at unprecedented levels. Innocent people are wrongly targeted. Anything or anyone called "suspicious" is fair game. The FBI has a virtual open field to commit abuses. Mueller took full advantage but wants more. Once Congress acts, we'll know specifics.

America now wages war on freedom. It's perilously close to vanishing. One more major domestic terror attack may end it. Mueller wants unrestricted power to act. He may get it.

The Fourth Amendment states:

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

Today, privacy is null and void. Patriot Act provisions destroyed it. "Exigent circumstances" exempt Fourth Amendment restrictions against warrantless searches.

"Sneak and peak" ones are conducted through "delayed notice" warrants. Roving wiretaps are used to track phone and online content. Private records are obtained. Mueller takes full advantage. He menaces personal freedom.

On May 4, cnet.com contributor Declan McCullagh headlined "FBI: We need wiretap-ready Web sites - now," saying:

Mueller wants "backdoor" surveillance powers. At issue is "the dramatic shift in communication from the telephone to the Internet...." It's thus harder for FBI and other federal agencies to obtain wiretap information.

The FBI drafted a proposal to require "social-networking Web sites and providers of VoIP, instant messaging, and Web e-mail alter their code to ensure their products are wiretap-friendly."

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