National Security Letters by the Numbers
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143,074: The number of requests for information from 2003 - 2005. Approximately half concerned U.S. persons.
0: The amount of information obtained by use of NSLs that the law currently requires to be destroyed – even after the information is determined to concern innocent Americans.
3,000: The number of different telephone numbers that the FBI requested information on, and telecommunications companies turned over, in false emergencies under so-called “exigent” circumstances, in the complete absence of any legal authority.
34,000: The number of law enforcement and intelligence agents who have unfettered, virtually limitless access to phone records collected through NSLs.
11,100: The number of different phone numbers whose subscriber information was turned over to the FBI in response to only nine NSLs.
43: The number of confirmed criminal referrals made to prosecutors from the FBI after it obtained information through a NSL. (19 involved fraud, 17 were immigration-related and 17 were for money laundering.)
1: The number of terror-related convictions the Inspector General was able to confirm (material support) stemming from the 143,074 persons’ info that was collected through NSLs.