FBI Breaks Law to Get Phone Records

By Matt Hawes

According to today’s Washington Post:

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….

Shocking, right?  (Need a napkin to wipe the sarcasm ozzing from my keyboard.)

I really love the quote from the FBI’s general counsel, Valerie Caproni, about the FBI obtaining “after-the-fact” approvals:

“We should have stopped those requests from being made that way,” she said. The after-the-fact approvals were a “good-hearted but not well-thought-out” solution to put phone carriers at ease, she said. In true emergencies, Caproni said, agents always had the legal right to get phone records, and lawyers have now concluded there was no need for the after-the-fact approval process. “What this turned out to be was a self-inflicted wound,” she said….

Good-hearted?  To lie about a potential terrorist threat is now good-hearted?  Only in the upside-down moral view of Washington, D.C., where it’s also “ethical” to steal from everyone to give to yourself.

Read the rest. (H.T. YAL blog)

View the original article at Campaign for Liberty

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