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FBI misuse could prompt Congress to limit Patriot Act

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posted on Mar, 10 2007 @ 12:27 AM
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FBI misuse could prompt Congress to limit Patriot Act


www.latimes.com

Angry lawmakers on Friday threatened to amend the USA Patriot Act and limit the FBI's powers in the wake of a disclosure that agents had improperly obtained confidential records of U.S. residents.

A scathing report issued Friday by the Inspector General of the Justice Department found widespread problems in how the FBI has used a form of administrative subpoena — known as a national security letter — to gather phone, bank and credit information on thousands of citizens without court oversight.

The problems included the issuing of letters that circumvented Justice Department rules and regulations; in addition, the report found a record-keeping system in such disarray that annual reports to Congress substantially understated the number of subpoenas the FBI was issuing.
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posted on Mar, 10 2007 @ 12:27 AM
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Due to misuse and abuse of the so-called Patriot Act many lawmakers are upset and wish to see some changes. For many here this would be a welcome sign and a return to Americas former standards which seemed to have worked for over 200 years. I'm curious to see which phone companies eagerly handed over information to the FBI.

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