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FBI illegally collected phone records

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posted on Jan, 19 2010 @ 06:35 PM
So why aren't the perps in jail? Why are criminal FBI agents still walking free? Check out the bolded can you reconcile lying to get what you want with "non-intentional" and "legally entitled"? This is yet anothr reason to respond to anything the FBI says with extremely deep suspicion and a demand for concrete evidence and never mind compromising sources or methods.

Disgusting but not unexpected or surprising.

WASHINGTON – The FBI violated the law in collecting about 2,000 U.S. telephone records during the Bush administration, though the violations weren't intentional, officials said Tuesday.

Citing internal memos and interviews, the Washington Post said the FBI invoked nonexistent terrorism emergencies or persuaded phone companies to provide information as it illegally gathered records between 2002 and 2006.

The bureau said in 2007 that it had improperly obtained some phone records, and the Justice Department inspector general is expected to release a report later this month detailing the extent of the problem.

FBI spokesman Michael Kortan said Tuesday the pending report "is not expected to find — nor were there — any intentional attempts to obtain records that counterterrorism personnel knew they were not legally entitled to obtain."

The problem centered around requests to phone companies for records of incoming and outgoing calls to a particular number — not the actual content of the conversations.

In seeking the information, the FBI sometimes cited nonexistent emergencies to justify seeking the records, in violation of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.

The fact that the violations had occurred was previously known; what had not been understood was the extent and scope of the problem.

Since the issue arose in 2007, the bureau says it has reformed its practices to make sure such violations don't re-occur.

posted on Jan, 19 2010 @ 10:02 PM
This is really scary.
Law Enforcement agencies in our country seem to be devoid of morals, and are preying on the population.
They do what they want, to get what they want.

posted on Jan, 19 2010 @ 10:23 PM
Of COURSE they illegally collected phone records.
It's what the Patriot Act is all about.

Welcome to the Surveillance State.

Nothing to see here. Go back to the new season of Americans Idle.

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