Thursday, January 10, 2008

FBI Fails To Pay Phone Bills & Loses Critical Information In Its Wire Taps

Yet another in myriad reasons to abolish the FBI:

FBI Wiretap Cut Off After Feds Fail To Pay Telecom Spying Bills
By Ryan Singel January 10, 2008 12:48:31 PM

The FBI routinely failed to pay telecom companies promptly for providing phone and internet lines to the FBI's impressive domestic surveillance architecture -- resulting in at least one phone company cutting off a foriegn intelligence wiretap until the FBI paid its bill, according to an audit released Thursday.

The Justice Department's Inspector General also found that telecom charges and invoices for surveillance overwhelmed the FBI's ability to keep track of their bill and that one field office got a $66,000 bill from a carrier for unpaid surveillance work.

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