Bending the Third Rail
Because We Should, We Can, We Do
Friday, March 09, 2007
Corruption of the Day
A Justice Department investigation has found pervasive errors in the FBI's use of its power to secretly demand telephone, e-mail and financial records in national security cases, officials with access to the report said yesterday.

The inspector general's audit found 22 possible breaches of internal FBI and Justice Department regulations -- some of which were potential violations of law -- in a sampling of 293 "national security letters."...

Fine 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.

I feel a certain sense of exhaustion over the many arguments I had (including with local government officials) about the inevitable misuse of the Patriot Act. I'll be very surprised if there are any consequences of this misuse. The Bushies will simply say, so?

We, the voters, simply must regain a sense of distrust of government officials when they ask for more power over our civil liberties.