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The Federal Bureau of Intrusion

Posted on Jun 14, 2007

Paging George Orwell:  Mistakes in the FBI’s domestic surveillance efforts probably number several thousand, bureau officials said in interviews with The Washington Post.

Disturbing news from the FBI:  The top U.S. intelligence agency recently underwent an internal audit, which produced some pretty creepy results.  Even in a small sampling of the agency’s activities (the survey covered 10% of the whole organization, according to The Washington Post), the bureau was found to have violated privacy laws and agency rules some 1,000 times while monitoring phone calls, e-mails and other communications.

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The vast majority of the new violations were instances in which telephone companies and Internet providers gave agents phone and e-mail records the agents did not request and were not authorized to collect. The agents retained the information anyway in their files, which mostly concerned suspected terrorist or espionage activities.

But two dozen of the newly-discovered violations involved agents’ requests for information that U.S. law did not allow them to have, according to the audit results provided to The Washington Post. Only two such examples were identified earlier [in a smaller sample taken in March].

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By TDoff, June 25, 2007 at 8:06 am Link to this comment

#78393, Eileen,

**** ***.

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By Eileen, June 15, 2007 at 4:56 pm Link to this comment

Tom Doff,  do you think you make your point any stronger by using such foul language?  You don’t.

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By Dale Headley, June 15, 2007 at 4:28 pm Link to this comment
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What else could Americans expect when they voluntarily chose to give up all their Constitutional and civil rights for fear some terrorist was going to sneak down their street in, say Enid, Oklahoma, and blow them up in their sleep?  Fear was the operative concept for the Bush Administration in its quest for absolute power; and fear is what they got.  Somehow, I never worried that an occasional attack every few years by a handful of crazy Islamists was going to take away freedom and democracy in America; but apparently I was wrong.  They have already succeeded beyond their wildest dreams, if that was their true objective, which, of course, it wasn’t.

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By Tom Doff, June 15, 2007 at 4:00 pm Link to this comment
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We should fire the whole F*cking Bunch of Idiots, and throw them in jail.

But then who would protect our civil rights?

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By anthony bauwens, June 15, 2007 at 7:43 am Link to this comment

Since when does the FBI chase down a person that forgot to pay a traffic ticket.Knowingly the person was on vacation not knowing persons father was heart patient who was shocked when opening the door and died weeks later after this incident. They should excuse themself allong with their army .to wrong family!

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By Eileen, June 14, 2007 at 9:44 pm Link to this comment

The FBI’s budget for Iraq should be investigated.  They have staff there that did absolutely nothing when a U.S. citizen reported that her father, a U.S. citizen had been kidnapped.  They bungled everything. Had the worst staff that I had every encountered in government—and ended up telling us that they could not go outside the Green Zone—so I ask you - what the hell are they there for?

I could go on and on, but the worst was that they ended hanging up on a 24 year old girl - a U.S. citizen, when she requested to find out what information they had about her father’s kidnapping.  What a joke.  Unprofessional, unprepared and uninspiring!

They owe the taxpayers back the money that they spent sending a group to Iraq.

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By aine, June 14, 2007 at 7:17 pm Link to this comment
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Yeah, and now Hayden is “reviewing” the CIA’s practice of outsourcing intelligence, torture, secret prisons, and whatever else they are doing… in an attempt to CYA before the subpoenas start flowing. No oversight on private military corporations, this is how they get around the laws, too.

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By QuyTran, June 14, 2007 at 3:35 pm Link to this comment

The Federal Bureau of Intrusion is equal to the Federal Bureau on Invasion.

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By Tom Doff, June 14, 2007 at 2:01 pm Link to this comment
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Isn’t it amusing, that even when the F*cking B*nch of Inc*mpetents does an INTERNAL AUDIT, they still come out looking like ASSH*LES?

The B*sh B*nch is p*thetic.

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