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FBI Director Asks Lawmakers to Renew Patriot Act Provisions

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posted on Mar, 25 2009 @ 06:10 PM
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FBI Director Asks Lawmakers to Renew Patriot Act Provisions


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FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III today urged lawmakers to move swiftly to renew intelligence-gathering measures set to expire in December, calling them "exceptional" tools to help protect national security.
The ACLU issued a report earlier this month depicting what it called "widespread abuses" of government authority under the Patriot Act, approved by Congress less than two months after terrorist strikes hit New York and Washington in 2001.



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posted on Mar, 25 2009 @ 06:10 PM
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Of course this is all show at this point, if anyone believes our government would actually stand UP for the people of the U.S., then they haven't been paying attention.

They will make a show of committee meetings and questions regarding all the wiretaps, but it no doubt will be passed with flying colors, no matter if the ACLU is trying to get changes.


In response to a question from Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Mueller said that his agents had used a provision that helped authorities secure access to business records about 220 times between 2004 and 2007. Data for last year was not yet available, Mueller said.

The measure, known as section 215 after its location in the Patriot Act, has been criticized by the American Civil Liberties Union as allegedly violating the First Amendment rights of U.S. citizens. It allows investigators probing terrorism to seek a suspect's records from third parties such as financial services, travel and telephone companies without notifying the suspect.

It has been exceptionally helpful in our national security investigations," the FBI director said.

Another provision, allowing agents to carry out roving wiretaps of terrorism suspects, was used 147 times, helping to eliminate "an awful lot of paperwork" and to maintain full electronic surveillance of possible threats, Mueller said. In the past, authorities had to seek court approval for each electronic device carried by a suspect, from a cell phone and a blackberry to a home computer. But under Section 206 of the Patriot Act, one court application is enough to cover all of those machines.


They are leaving out the part, that it allows the govt. to spy on everybody they want. It also leaves out the part that the govt. can also take and arrest whoever they want - without ever charging them of a crime nor admitting they have them, including U.S. citizens.


The ACLU issued a report earlier this month depicting what it called "widespread abuses" of government authority under the Patriot Act, approved by Congress less than two months after terrorist strikes hit New York and Washington in 2001.

"The Patriot Act has been disastrous for Americans' rights," said Caroline Frederickson, the director of the ACLU's Washington legislative office. "Congress should use this year's Patriot Act reauthorization as an opportunity to reexamine all of our surveillance laws."

Agents' use of Patriot Act and other sensitive investigative tools has been a source of friction between FBI officials and Democratic lawmakers in the past.

Senators this morning asked Mueller anew about guidelines approved by Justice Department leaders in the waning weeks of the Bush administration. The guidelines give agents more power to recruit confidential sources and engage in interviews in which they conceal their identities at earlier stages in a national security investigation, sometimes before they have developed solid evidence of criminal behavior.

Mueller has not yet had a chance to meet with new Justice Department or White House officials regarding their views on the Patriot Act, he said. But at his Senate confirmation hearing in January, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. expressed at least moderate support for renewing the provisions that will sunset in December.

David Kris, an expert on intelligence laws, won unanimous Senate confirmation today as the new leader of the Justice Department's National Security Division. Kris will play an important role in the Patriot Act reauthorization and in supervising the FBI's national security operations.

"It is important that [the Congress] examine more specifics," Cardin told the FBI director this morning. "We want to make sure you have the tools that you need, and that you have appropriate oversight. There may need to be modifications . . . a fine tuning of these provisions to make sure they are effective and used as intended by Congress."


I can imagine the fine tuning they will do, more rights will be taken away, I am sure. Things they weren't able to add in before.







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posted on Mar, 25 2009 @ 06:26 PM
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I really hope that this might be some of the change Obama was talking about, things like getting rid of the Patriot Act...

But I think this will pass, and he will sign it =(



posted on Mar, 25 2009 @ 06:32 PM
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How can he not sign it? He would be hanged from the highest tree if such provisions were to be eliminated and the U.S. later attacked. Even if the two had no correlation, the great Hope would have committed political suicide.



[edit on 25-3-2009 by WestPoint23]



posted on Mar, 25 2009 @ 06:56 PM
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Patriot Act was always a red herring, they had these freedoms long ago added to the arsenal of anti-constitutional attitude that turned America into a third world without the drop of a single bomb on anyone here.

[edit on 25-3-2009 by bubbabuddha]



posted on Mar, 25 2009 @ 07:26 PM
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Well said.

Many people naively believe that the technology to violate a person's privacy was in existence and NOT being used by certain elements of the government. If you accept that the technology exists, and we know it does, you can be sure it was being used.

The purpose of revealing the practice, rather than conduct it under clandestine and classified auspices, is quite simply commerce.

By revealing the practice it can be 'contracted' out to one of the many commercial branches of the Military Industrial Complex, thus generating revenue flow into private hands, from the tax payers pockets. It's sort of ironic..., we end up paying to be spied upon wholesale.

Also, since the commercial aspect requires marketing, the media, which they own, manufactures threats continuously to ensure the perceived 'need' drives the price of the service up.

Nifty, and atrociously antisocial, no?

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