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House Bill Would Prohibit Secret Collection of Americans’ Records Without Approval of Surveillance Court

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. House is considering a bill that would restrict the ability of the FBI and NSA to secretly collect records of U.S. citizens, the Missoulian reports.

The bill, introduced on Thursday by John Waslh, D-Mont., would ban the collection of telephone, financial and e-mail records without the approval of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

That would require a case to be made for targeting a individual on the basis that the person is tied to international terrorism or foreign intelligence.

“As I’ve been traveling around the state … this is an issue that I’m hearing about from Montanans, about the government trampling on our civil liberties,” Walsh told the Missoulian. “I said that when I came here, I wanted to identify problems, find a fix for the problem and solve that problem.”

 

FBI Illegally Collected Telephone Records During Bush Years, Wasington Post Reports

telephoneBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — A yet to be released Justice Department report is expected to conclude that the FBI illegally collected more than 2,000 telephone call records between 2002 and 2006 during the Bush administration, the Washington Post reported.

The paper reported that the FBI illegally collected the records by “by invoking terrorism emergencies that did not exist or simply persuading phone companies to provide records, according to internal bureau memos and interviews.”

The paper said the bureau issued approvals “after the fact to justify their actions.”

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The FBI responded Tuesday with a statement:

Washington, D.C. — Today, The Washington Post published a story on an upcoming Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report on the FBI’s use of exigent letters during the time period 2002-2006. The report is expected to build on the OIG’s 2007 findings regarding a limited and discontinued FBI practice wherein exigent letters, or other informal requests for telephone records, were made to obtain telephone toll billing records. The FBI ceased this practice in 2006 and was never involved in obtaining the content of telephone conversations.

“The OIG 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,” said Michael P. Kortan, the FBI’s Assistant Director for Public Affairs. “The FBI was lawfully entitled to acquire every record at issue in the OIG report, and no FBI employee used informal methods to obtain telephone records for reasons other than a legitimate investigative interest. FBI employees involved in this matter obtained the telephone records at issue to perform their critical mission to prevent a terrorist attack or otherwise to support a counterterrorism investigation.”

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