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Fun and Games with the FBI


“…The FBI made 16,511 national security letter requests for information regarding 7,201 people in 2011, the latest data available.”

A June 1 AP story by Paul Elias details what happens when Google decides to take on the Federal Bureau of Investigation: Google and you lose – Big Time.

Here’s an excerpt: “A federal judge has ruled that Google Inc. must comply with the FBI's warrantless demands for customer data, rejecting the company's argument that the government's practice of issuing so-called national security letters to telecommunication companies, Internet service providers, banks and others was unconstitutional and unnecessary.

“FBI counter-terrorism agents began issuing the secret letters, which don't require a judge's approval, after Congress passed the USA Patriot Act in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

“The letters are used to collect unlimited kinds of sensitive, private information, such as financial and phone records and have prompted complaints of government privacy violations in the name of national security.”

If you should elect to go to the FBI’s site, you’ll have an opportunity to visit the tab, Fun and Games, under which, presumably, someone who is the subject of investigation attempts to gain access to his or her FBI file. Good luck with that...

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