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National Security Letters - Keeping you Free?
« on: May 11, 2008, 10:46:20 pm »
National Security Letters - Keeping you Free?

 Surveillance on citizens and foreigners and non US citizens can be obtained by several ways, among the most alarming are National Security Letters and FISA Court warrants.

Difference is- if you are a foreigner, a spy, or non citizen a FISA warrant is required, which means a judge has to approve the surveillance. But as U.S. citizens you are so free, and hated because of it, that you don't get to have a judge approve any of this. That's called a National Security Letter.

With a court order
Alternatively, the government may seek a court order permitting the surveillance using the FISA court.[17] Approval of a FISA application requires the court find probable cause that the target of the surveillance be a "foreign power" or an "agent of a foreign power", and that the places at which surveillance is requested is used or will be used by that foreign power or its agent. In addition, the court must find that the proposed surveillance meet certain "minimization requirements" for information pertaining to US persons.

National Security Letter:

A National Security Letter (NSL) is a form of administrative subpoena used by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation and reportedly by other U.S. Government Agencies including the Central Intelligence Agency and the Department of Defense. It is a demand letter issued to a particular entity or organization to turn over various record and data pertaining to individuals. They require no probable cause or judicial oversight. They also contain a gag order, preventing the recipient of the letter from disclosing that the letter was ever issued.

You're as free as the Military and Intelligence Agencies of the Government says you are. And to top it all off, you are hated because of that, and... in the minds of those that are so angry you have this freedom ::) they feel you should be killed. That is.....according to the Government, that sells us a "War on Terror".

So how has this been going?

During calendar year 2005, the FISC approved 2,072 applications for authority to conduct electronic surveillance and physical search. The FISC made substantive modifications to the Government's proposed orders in 61 of those applications. The FISC did not deny, in whole or in part, any application filed by the Government during calendar year 2005.

During calendar year 2007, the FISC approved 2,370 applications for authority to conduct electronic surveillance and physical search.

FISA Warrants Up from 2,072 to 2,370 in 2 years 2005-2007 {individual person numbers}

So how about National Security Letters?

During calendar year 2005, the Government made requests for certain information concerning 3,501 different United States persons pursuant to National Security Letters (NSLs). During this time frame, the total number of NSL requests (excluding NSLs for subscriber information) for information concerning U.S. persons totaled 9,254. In other words, there were 3,501 different U.S. persons involved in the total of 9,254 NSLs that related to U.S. persons.

Based on the best available information, in 2006 the Government made 12, 583 NSL requests (excluding requests for subscriber information) for information concerning United States persons. These 12, 583 requests sought information pertaining to 4,790 different United States persons.

Up from 3,501 to 4,790 in 1 year. 2005-2006 {these are the individual person numbers}

Oh, BTW the reason the numbers I show for FISA goes to 2007 and our National Security Letter data goes only to 2006 and is described as "best available information", is because the FBI is just guessing...and they are still working on the 2007 stuff...

Requests Made for Certain Information Concerning Different United States Persons Pursuant to National Security Letters During Callender years 2006 and 2007

One of the Inspector General's findings was that several factors concerning the manner in which NSLs are tracked in the FBI database have resulted in inaccuracies in the numbers reported to Congress in recent reports. In March 2007, the Department of Justice notified Congress that it would seek to correct the problems in FBIs tracking of NSL requests and would provide additional statistics once those issues had been addressed. This report provides the Congress with statistics on NSL requests in calendar year 2006. The Department of Justice will report the 2007 NSL statistics as soon as they are available.

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