Wednesday, May 17, 2006

FBI Secret Probes: 3,501 Targets in the U.S.-Reporters Included

May 16, 2006 5:27 PM

Brian Ross and Maddy Sauer of ABC News Reported today that:

The Department of Justice says it secretly sought phone records and other documents of 3,501 people last year under a provision of the Patriot Act that does not require judicial oversight.

The records were obtained with the use of what are known as National Security Letters, which can be signed by an FBI agent and are only for use in terrorism cases.

The letters require telephone companies to keep secret even the existence of the request for records.

Assistant Attorney General William Moschella told Congress last month that 9,254 National Security Letters were issued in 2005 involving 3,501 people.

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