Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The FBI Is "National Security Letter Happy"

At one time or another you've heard the term "trigger happy" in reference to a gun owner who shoots their weapon for no apparent reason. It would now appear that the FBI is "National Security Letter Happy," issuing tens of thousands of NSL's since the fascist Patriot Act was wrongly passed into law -- letters which appear to have been sent for the express purpose of allowing the bureau to flex its new found muscle, yet which are being erroneously sent to those who have no legitimate connections to terrorism. The following article describes how the US Intelligence community's attack on American freedoms has been significantly increased since 2005.

January 28, 2006
FBI, DoD, NSA: All Spying on You
By Joel Bleifuss

2005 wasn't a very good year for Lady Liberty. The FBI has been spying on Code Pink, whose members protested at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

Quietly, the war on terror, in which everything is permitted, has laid the ground work for the Bush administration to intrude into the political life of citizens.

Over the last several months, it has been revealed that the FBI, the Pentagon and the National Security Agency have each set up apparently independent covert operations to monitor the constitutionally protected political activities of citizens opposed to the Bush administration’s war in Iraq.

The Washington Post discovered that under authority granted by the U.S. Patriot Act, the FBI has been issuing what are known as “national Security letters” that allow the bureau to spy on U.S. residents. The November 6 Post reported, “The FBI has issued tens of thousands of national security letters, extending the bureau’s reach as never before into the telephone calls, correspondence and financial lives of ordinary Americans. Most of the U.S. residents and citizens whose records were screened, the FBI acknowledged, were not suspected of wrongdoing.”

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Another article on the FBI's abuse of National Security Letters:

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