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Lawless FBI Intelligence Gathering Practices - by Stephen Lendman
A new Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) report titled, "Patterns of Misconduct: FBI Intelligence Violations from 2001 - 2008" based its findings on nearly 2,500 FOIA-obtained document pages, revealing "alarming (lawless) trends...."
They suggest far more frequent civil liberty violations than previously known, including:
(1) grossly understated numbers;
(2) long delays between violations and reporting them;
(3) types of violations involved, including:
(a) investigative oversight;
(b) "abuse, misuse, or careless use of....National Security Letter (NSL) authority;" FBI, CIA and other government agencies use them (administrative subpoenas), demanding recipients turn over requested information and remain silent; no probable cause or judicial oversight is necessary;
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