National Security Letters: In Hunt for Terrorists, Bureau Examines Records of Ordinary Americans

Number 22651
Subject Terrorism
Source Washington Post
State DC
Year 2005
Publication Date 11/06/2005
Summary "National Security Letters," which empower the FBI to make secret demands for personal records, are being used more often and extend the bureau's reach into the telephone calls, correspondence and financial lives of ordinary Americans. Because of the Patriot Act and the Bush administration's broad interpretation of its powers, the FBI now makes more than 30,000 such demands a year.
Category Computer-Assisted Reporting
Pages 21
Keywords Patriot Act;National Security Letters;Bush Administration;FBI;FOIA;private affairs;public safety
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