And they all said we were paranoid. Of course the government would never misuse the excessive powers given to them under the PATRIOT Act. Only a bunch of anti-American pinko commies would even suggest such a thing.
Except that now the Justice Department’s own Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has more than just suggested such a thing – it flat out said in a report issued today that the FBI has misused the provision of the PATRIOT Act that allows the agency to demand sensitive personal information without judicial supervision.
According to the Washington Post, the OIG “found that FBI agents used national security letters without citing an authorized investigation, claimed ‘exigent’ circumstances that did not exist in demanding information and did not have adequate documentation to justify the issuance of letters.”
This is the part where we get to say “I told you so” (but in a really nice way, of course). Check out the ACLU’s 2003 report, Unpatriotic Acts: The FBI’s Power to Rifle Through Your Records and Personal Belongings Without Telling You.
Ya know, maybe that whole “checks and balances” thing wasn’t such a bad thing after all. Congress, you might want to look into it.
Sara in Philly