Jun 022016
 June 2, 2016  Posted by  Surveillance, U.S.

Jenna McLaughlin reports:

The secret government requests for customer information Yahoo made public Wednesday reveal that the FBI is still demanding email records from companies without a warrant, despite being told by Justice Department lawyers in 2008 that it doesn’t have the lawful authority to do so.

That comes as a particular surprise given that FBI Director James Comey has said that one of his top legislative priorities this year is to get the right to acquire precisely such records with those warrantless secret requests, called national security letters, or NSLs. “We need it very much,” Comey told bSen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., during a congressional hearing in February.

Read more on The Intercept.

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