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Judge Orders FBI to Release Abuse Records 56

Spamicles writes "A judge has ordered the FBI to release agency records about its abuse of National Security Letters (NSLs) to collect Americans' personal information. The ruling came just a day after the EFF urged the judge to immediately respond in its lawsuit over agency delays. This is the same case in which an internal FBI audit found that the bureau potentially violated the law or agency rules more than 1,000 times while collecting data about domestic phone calls, e-mails and financial transactions in recent years."
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Judge Orders FBI to Release Abuse Records

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  • Great! (Score:3, Interesting)

    by TheGreatHegemon ( 956058 ) on Saturday June 16, 2007 @12:59PM (#19533091)
    Normally, I'd write a deeper post, but this warrants this instead: *Dances for joy* Granted, this is still a far cry from those documents being released. Documents disappear, or hell, the FBI just ignores the ruling. Wouldn't be the first time.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 16, 2007 @01:57PM (#19533571)
    "Make me."
  • Re:Great! (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Courageous ( 228506 ) on Saturday June 16, 2007 @02:52PM (#19534107)
    Really, I don't understand how the FBI could "ignore" a ruling. I would think that the judge would respond by naming specific individuals at the FBI, like the Director, and holding them in contempt and in jail, in perpetuity, until compliance occurs.

  • Re:Great! (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Sunburnt ( 890890 ) * on Saturday June 16, 2007 @03:40PM (#19534559)

    Remember, these are not "conspiracy theorists" talking -- this is an actual government report from 30 years ago documenting the behavior of the previous 40 years.
    And look at what a widespread change in the corrupt culture of governance that report effected.

    While the above might seem like cynicism, but the truth is that the FBI has been abusing its power for a long, long, time.

    Exactly. I'm not being cynical. I'm just betting the odds.

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