National Security And A Less-Restrained FBI

Less than three years after the last major revision of its domestic surveillance guidelines, the FBI is preparing to loosen its restrictions on monitoring Americans. If this is not halted, we might find our privacy eroded beyond repair. Agents are already free to search the public Internet and the federal…

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Timothy Lynch Reviews The FBI’s First 100 years.

In 1908, the Justice Department created the Bureau of Investigation, a small division of detectives that was responsible for investigating violations of federal law. The division was filled with incompetent and corrupt agents until a young bureaucrat by the name of J. Edgar Hoover was brought in to clean house….

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Why We Don’t Trust The FBI

In July 2005 when there was a terrorist bombing in the London subway system the FBI, using a perfectly valid and legal subpoena, asked for and obtained documents from North Carolina State University about a possible conspirator. That apparently wasn’t good enough for the FBI. They wanted the agent to…

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FBI Misuses And Under Reports Patriot Act Audit

The FBI evaded limits on, and sometimes illegally issued, orders for phone, email and financial information on American citizens and underreported the use of these self-issued orders to Congress, according to an internal audit by the Justice Department released Friday. The DOJ Inspector General reported that the FBI used self-issued…

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Greed And Corruption: An FBI Agent Gone Bad

Daniel Mitrione traded the integrity of his FBI shield for a fast boat, fashionable clothes, luxury houses, expensive trips and 20 bars of silver. His story is that of the erosion of principle by greed and corruption. Mitrione’s partner in a nine-month FBI undercover operation was Hilmer B. Sandini, 60,…

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