It USED to be that under the Patriot Act, first implemented under the Bush II Administration, and later EXTENDED by the Obama Administration, that wiretapping and/or monitoring of suspected terrorists, sympathizers or those who may have been somehow connected to disrupting our national security, needed to be based on a legitimate concern.
NOW, thanks to Obama, the phone records of ANYONE making international calls WILL be subjected to collection and review by the FBI?!?!
So for those of you who have friends and/or family living in "terrorist hot beds" such as the Middle East...how do YOU feel about having your phone records collected and reviewed by the FBI...just because?!?!
The Obama administration's Justice Department has asserted that the FBI can obtain telephone records of international calls made from the U.S. without any formal legal process or court oversight, according to a document obtained by McClatchy."
"In the report, the Justice Department's inspector general said "the OLC agreed with the FBI that under certain circumstances (word or words redacted) allows the FBI to ask for and obtain these records on a voluntary basis from the providers, without legal process or a qualifying emergency."
"Apparently, they've decided that this provision means that your international communications are a privacy-free zone and that they can get records of those communications without any legal process."
That interpretation could be stretched to apply to e-mails as well..."
Answer by annabarred at 7:01 PM on Feb. 12, 2011
Answer by Carpy at 8:44 AM on Feb. 12, 2011
Answer by May-20 at 9:02 AM on Feb. 12, 2011
The Patriot act only extended the roving bug tool to terrorist activities. It had long been in used in investigating Organized crime. It only extended the court approved use to terrorist activity. This goes WAY beyond that.
Answer by Carpy at 10:34 AM on Feb. 12, 2011
Answer by jesse123456 at 10:04 AM on Feb. 12, 2011
Answer by Izsarejman at 9:04 AM on Feb. 12, 2011
I have many friends who live overseas and my husband travels overseas a few times a year. I don't have anything to hide but it would be embarrassing if someone listened in on an intimate phone call between my husband and I. When I am on the phone I expect privacy and I am not willing to give that up in the name of security. Listening in on me and other like me who are not terrorists means they are wasting time and not using resources property.
Iwonder how long it will be before they expand this further and interstate and even local calls are monitored. I am not a conspiracy theorist in any way but I do see the slippery slope we are headed towards. Anyone with their eyes opened should see it. I cringed when the Patriot Act was passed and as much as I disliked Obama and his policies hoped eliminating the Patriot Act was one promise he would keep.
Answer by FricknFrack at 10:01 AM on Feb. 12, 2011
Answer by lovinangels at 10:56 AM on Feb. 12, 2011
Obama = BushLite
Answer by Friday at 10:59 AM on Feb. 12, 2011
Answer by yourspecialkid at 8:43 PM on Feb. 13, 2011
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