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Monday, October 24, 2005

FBI Spys on US Citizens without Oversight

Articles like the USA Today story in the title link confirm my reasons for not wanting government agencies to have too much power. Here are some quotes:

FBI agents have violated government policies by secretly conducting surveillance on U.S. citizens for more than a year without notifying Justice Department officials.


FBI spokesman John Miller said Monday that the precise number of violations by agents could not be disclosed because some information on the bureau's surveillance activities in this country remains classified.


... the FBI has dramatically increased its surveillance on people in this country, including U.S.U.S. citizens are overseen by a secret court and a presidential panel whose activities are not made public. After obtaining such a warrant, FBI agents are supposed to follow Justice procedures designed to prevent abuses of such authority.

I realize that the article only mentions several cases of this happening, and that this represents a miniscule portion of the FBI's workload. Nevertheless, if they won’t disclose the precise number of procedural violations to protect “classified” information, I’m not willing to take it on faith that there were few such violations. While most FBI agents probably follow protocols and obey the law, it only takes a few highly placed people to let abuse of power to get out of hand. Remember J. Edgar Hoover’s secret files? citizens. Warrants that allow such surveillance of

What concerns me is that ever since 9/11, the Patriot Act fans make it increasingly easier for such abuses of power and invasions of privacy to take place without public knowledge. When the FBI says they conducted “surveillance” on U.S. Citizens, what exactly are they referring to? Watching and photographing people when they appear in public? Intercepting and recording their phone calls? Using hidden microphones and/or cameras to record interpersonal conversations? Snooping through their internet usage, credit card records? Using remote sensing devices, such as thermal imagers, to watch them in the privacy of their homes and bedrooms? When these sorts of violations are discovered, the details should be released to the public as a show of good faith. If the agents are proven to have violated procedure, they should be fired and if applicable, prosecuted. If the FBI is not quickly forthcoming with such details and actions, one can only assume that they condone such behavior.

With each passing year, technology makes it easier to gather, store and disseminate information about people. While preventing crime is important, systems should remain in place to protect civil liberties and privacy. It is imperative that we the people demand and protect our rights from the government if we are to remain a free nation. Throughout history, emergencies and crises have been used as justification to increase government powers and reduce individual rights. This is a trend that should be stopped.



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