Feds read your email and listen to your phone calls? Probably.
First I would like to say hi to all the FBI *ssholes, Homeland Security thugs and other Federal state, county and local police terrorists who are reading this email. [I hope it isn't a Federal crime to admit that these *sshole police officers are spying on us]
The good news is that at least the government terrorists admit to tapping our phones and reading our emails. The bad news is the problem is probably a lot worse then the government nannies are willing to admit.
U.S.: Unknown number were monitored
by Pete Yost - Jul. 29, 2011 12:00 AM
WASHINGTON - Like its predecessor, the Obama administration says it cannot count how many people in the U.S. have had their telephone calls and e-mails monitored by government agents in national-security investigations under federal surveillance law.
The national intelligence office said in a letter this week to two Senate Democrats that it was "not reasonably possible to identify the number."
The senators, Ron Wyden of Oregon and Mark Udall of Colorado, worry that the government may be monitoring communications of law-abiding citizens with inadequate justification.
"We're not asking these questions to embarrass the administration or make the intelligence community's job more difficult," Wyden said Thursday. "Congress needs to know if the laws it writes are being interpreted and implemented as intended before it is asked to extend them, and failing to assure the public that government agencies aren't violating the rights of law-abiding Americans erodes public confidence and makes it harder for intelligence agencies to do their jobs."
The letter from the office of James Clapper, director of national intelligence, was a response to the senators' requests for information about how the Obama administration is interpreting amendments in 2008 to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
Wyden and Udall say they are concerned that the administration may be engaging in expansive interpretations of the 2008 law, scheduled to expire late next year.
The 2008 FISA amendments allow the government to obtain from a secret court broad, yearlong intercept orders that target foreign groups and people overseas, raising the prospect that phone calls and e-mails between those foreign targets and innocent Americans in this country will be swept in.
In saying it was unable to provide a number for those in the U.S. whose communications were collected, the administration's letter pointed Wyden and Udall to classified reports provided to Congress that give the number of circulated intelligence reports that refer to at least one person in the U.S. and give the number of collection targets later determined to be in the U.S.
Wyden, however, said it was unacceptable that the administration was saying it cannot give Congress "at least a ballpark estimate."
Jim Dempsey, a privacy expert, said the classified reports to Congress probably mention few people in this country because they deal only with those cases where surveillance was clearly justified.