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National Security Letters and the FBI Abuses

I weigh in on NSLs and the FBI with today’s Circuit Court column: FBI Slips Demand Patriot Act Cuts.

I think the most interesting part of the column is the end where I try to grapple with the FBI’s assertion that the lower standard of proof for national security letters is really helpful to their investigations. While its a small part of this column, its an issue I plan to discuss more in future columns, and as Congress begins to reconsider the USAPATRIOT grant of powers in light of the FBI abuses.

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When news of the FBI privacy abuses broke it barely invoked a yawn with me. The Patriot Act was never anything but an FBI wishlist to effectively destroy three-hundred years of 4th Amendment jurisprudence and virtually all state and federal privacy statutes. And now we're surprized?
David Sloane
http://www.sloanelaw.com

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