FBI: If We Told You . . . (Part II)

Yesterday, we posted a troubling explanation from the FBI of why it doesn’t want you to know whether your phone and internet providers are cooperating in the most expansive surveillance program that Congress has ever enacted: You might sue.

But here’s another surprisingly forthcoming passage from the FBI’s declaration, perhaps more revealing than the one we posted yesterday. On page 42 of its declaration:

In other words, the FBI’s concern isn’t just that you might sue, but that the companies might sue! Why? Because their comfortable relationship with the government’s surveillance apparatus would be exposed.

Don’t get me wrong. Surveillance is an important part of our government’s intelligence operations. But it is an awesome power that should be used in accordance with the law and our values. And when the government is depending on blanket secrecy to insulate its activities not just from public scrutiny but from legal challenge, something is deeply wrong.

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jimneotech

Am I misunderstanding or is this sounding more and more like the Gestapo ? How about dealing with the Mexican drug cartels which, with their encroaching presence in the US, pose a "clear and present danger" to the nation.

Anonymous

Wow, downright scary when you think about it dude. Wow.

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Anonymous

OKAY I DONT THINK THAT YOU SHOULD BE WORRYING IF THE FBI WATCHES SOME RAG HEAD TERRORISTS

Texican

Remind me why we are supposed to loyal to our government. It doesn't seem to be living up to any of our expectations for a government. That holds true if you are liberal or conservative.

Anonymous

From Eagle eye. Sometimes the method use to protect liberty impose on that same liberty. (paraphrased)

Fog

@Anonymous 3

Implying they are only watching terrorists.
Rather, they monitor all traffic from ISPs, not just terrorists.

RobRoy McGregor

Resitance today is the responsibility of a free society to their children's children. This is every American's obligation today to the future as we become the past.

RobRoy McGregor

Resitance today is the responsibility of a free society to their children's children. This is every American's obligation today to the future as we become the past.

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