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IN BRIEF

FBI Collected Phone Records Illegally

JANUARY 19, 2010

“The FBI illegally collected more than 2,000 U.S. telephone call records between 2002 and 2006 by invoking terrorism emergencies that did not exist or simply persuading phone companies to provide records, according to internal bureau memos and interviews. FBI officials issued approvals after the fact to justify their actions…. E-mails obtained by The Washington Post detail how counterterrorism officials inside FBI headquarters did not follow their own procedures that were put in place to protect civil liberties.” (Washington Post, Tuesday)

Our privacy is such a pain in their necks.

FEE Timely Classic
“Ignoring Real Privacy Problems” by James Plummer

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