Saturday, September 08, 2007

The more we learn, the worse it looks.

Originally uploaded by DiscoWeasel.
I'm not surprised at the headlines today: F.B.I. Data Mining Reached Beyond Target Suspects.
The F.B.I. cast a much wider net in its terrorism investigations than it has previously acknowledged by relying on telecommunications companies to analyze phone-call and e-mail patterns of the associates of Americans who had come under suspicion, according to newly obtained bureau records.

The documents indicate that the Federal Bureau of Investigation used secret demands for records to obtain data not only on individuals it saw as targets but also details on their “community of interest” — the network of people that the target in turn was in contact with.
And we needed more incentives to mandate the Executive Branch actually get a warrant? This just goes to show that over-reach is going to happen. We need that balance within the government that the Constitution demands.

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