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The FBI's truly 'criminal' investigation 
Wednesday, July 11, 2007, 10:41 AM - Activism, News, Policy
Posted by Administrator
ABC News' The Blotter has reported a proposed new FBI program that would pay private companies to hold millions of phone and Internet records which the bureau is barred from keeping itself.

Through this program, the FBI will pay corporations millions of dollars to break the law for them. The FBI, which investigates crimes, seems to be unaware of the fact that paying someone to commit a crime is still a crime.

Telecommunications companies would hold our records for at least two years.

"It's a public-private partnership that puts civil liberties to the test," says the chairman of the ACLU.

The FBI's plan was included in a budget request to Congress. I am sending the following to my representative, and I hope that you do the same:

ABC News has reported, "A proposed new FBI program would skirt federal laws by paying private companies to hold millions of phone and Internet records which the bureau is barred from keeping itself."

"The $5 million project would apparently pay private firms to store at least two years' worth of telephone and Internet activity by millions of Americans, few of whom would ever be considered a suspect in any terrorism, intelligence or criminal matter."

The proposal is said to be a budget request to Congress. This means the FBI is asking Congress to spend millions of tax dollars on an illegal surveillance program.

The FBI is playing games with the law and our rights by paying corporations to commit the crime for them. The plan is a blatant violation of our 4th Amendment right to protection against search and seizure without a warrant issued upon probable cause.

Congress must immediately take action to stop this proposal. Further, it must ensure clarity to the FBI, other agencies, and the telecommunications companies that this type of action is illegal and will result in prosecution.


Submitted by Douglass.
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