Guilt by Association

Via the New York Times:

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 was in contact with. The bureau stopped the practice early this year in part because of broader questions raised about its aggressive use of the records demands, which are known as national security letters, officials said.

HT: Molly I. at Eschaton


6 thoughts on “Guilt by Association

  1. Hi Raven! Yes, whatever happened to all of those missing RNC and WH emails? We’ve had such an avalanche of “scandals” erupting that some of these significant breaches in the law seem to eclipsed at least for a short time.

  2. I’ll wager $1,000,000 that the FBI has not stopped this practice, and has probably moved on to something even more efficient NSLs.

  3. Zooey,
    Since the odds of you’re being correct are a billion to one, I’ll match your bet with 1 mil. Even bet?

  4. The “Networks of Interst” in these days of Internet… is the whole world.

    Let’s say, if a terrorist reads everyday the Washington Post, all the readers of the Washington Post become part of the same “Network of Interest”? If a terrorist buys its groceries in the same district as Cheney, then Cheney becomes a part of the same “Network of Interest”? Guilty by association.

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