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 April 1, 2011  Featured News, Surveillance

Mark Rumold writes:

In yesterday’s Senate Judiciary Hearing, “Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” FBI Director Robert Mueller testified about the Bureau’s desire to extend three expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act — PATRIOT Section 215, authorizing secret court orders for the Internet and financial records of innocent Americans; the “lone wolf” wiretapping provision, which unconstitutionally allows foreign intelligence investigators to bypass traditional wiretapping protections and spy on people inside the U.S. who have no link to any foreign organization; and the “John Doe” roving wiretap provision, which allows blank-check wiretapping orders that don’t identify the suspect or the particular phone or Internet connections to be tapped.

During the question and answer portion of Mueller’s testimony, Senator Grassley asked the FBI Director: have “any of these three provisions been subject to any negative reports of finding abuse?” Mueller responded, “I’m not aware of any.” Well, Director Mueller — EFF is aware of some.

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