F.B.I. Data Mining Reached Beyond Initial Targets
The New York Times
Documents obtained via FOIA showed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation temporarily used national security letters (NSLs) to get telecom companies to monitor not only individual suspects, but the network of electronic contacts of each. A spokesman for the Bureau said pursuit of the "community of interest" data was limited, and has been suspended.
See also Ellen Nakashima, "Verizon Says It Turned Over Data Without Court Orders," October 16, 2007, http://tinyurl.com/oxy7hh. Verizon provided the Federal Bureau of Investigation with records describing the phone usage of suspects and associates hundreds of times and without a court order, according to records obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation under FOIA. Verizon's admission came in a letter to Congressional Democrats, during debate over whether Congress should retroactively immunize the telecoms for participating in "warrantless wiretapping."
surveillance, electronic surveillance, Verizon, suspects, Electronic Frontier Foundation, EFF, telecom, warrantless wiretapping
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