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    Grrrr ...Congress Expands FBI Spying Power

    http://www.wired.com/news/politics/0...w=wn_tophead_1

    Under the Patriot Act, the FBI can acquire bank records and Internet or phone logs simply by issuing itself a so-called national security letter saying the records are relevant to an investigation into terrorism. The FBI doesn't need to show probable cause or consult a judge. What's more, the target institution is issued a gag order and kept from revealing the subpoena's existence to anyone, including the subject of the investigation.
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    Good... if it stops one terrorist from taking one life, than its worth all my privacy and all of yours.

    'less you're a criminal, and value your privacy greatly...



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    Awesome...I can't wait to see what rights/personal liberties I'll still have in 10 years as an American.

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    hmmm the war on drugs and the war on terrorism are more and more the same.

    of course most of the tools never complained about the infringement on our rights from the war on drugs.
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    Originally posted by TallGuyLittleCar
    hmmm the war on drugs and the war on terrorism are more and more the same.

    of course most of the tools never complained about the infringement on our rights from the war on drugs.
    are you calling me a tool?

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    Originally posted by cougrhky20
    are you calling me a tool?
    Nah, you are to young to be in the tool lot .

    all this has been going on legally for about 20 years or so. Illegally for over 50. The patriot act will sunset in a few years, the DEA will live on for a long long while after.
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    Originally posted by marknovak
    Good... if it stops one terrorist from taking one life, than its worth all my privacy and all of yours.
    Sorry, you don't get to decide what my privacy is worth. If you want to give yours up, be my guest. I'll defend mine as hard as I can.

    To dredge up an often used quote by Ben Franklin, 'They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.' And coming from a man with the profundity to say 'Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy' (the only proof that has ever almost swayed me back to a religious life) I have to agree.
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    I'm seriously impressed it can be done without having to actually tell the person who is being investigated! Is this to give the FBI a headstart in the case?
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    I agree with TGLC on this one. I mean, privacy for the most part is a non-issue. It can be infringed upon with a simple statement "suspicion" and poof. Your rights are pushed aside for the most part.

    And for the record, the biggest e-mail/telephone snooping machine ever devised resides in the UK.

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    Originally posted by gerbick
    I agree with TGLC on this one. I mean, privacy for the most part is a non-issue. It can be infringed upon with a simple statement "suspicion" and poof. Your rights are pushed aside for the most part.

    And for the record, the biggest e-mail/telephone snooping machine ever devised resides in the UK.

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    john hoover must be laughing in his grave.

    I don't mind breaking someone's privacy rights if there is strong evidence, actual evidence not suspicion, of their involvement in any serious crime, but that snooping should be sanctioned by a judge not by the fbi, that's ridiculous in imho, it's going to abused.

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    Originally posted by japangreg
    Sorry, you don't get to decide what my privacy is worth. If you want to give yours up, be my guest. I'll defend mine as hard as I can.
    Can we agree human live is worth more than your privacy?

    The Patriot act was passed to stop terrorists, the FBI isn't out to keep tabs on every american citizen, they are there to protect them.

    Terrorists swap information on the internet... the FBI is looking to stop this by means of interruption... why? The terrorists use this information to kill in mass numbers.

    Put it into perspective. I forfit my privacy to protect others, I have nothing to hide.

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    Originally posted by marknovak
    Can we agree human live is worth more than your privacy?

    The Patriot act was passed to stop terrorists, the FBI isn't out to keep tabs on every american citizen, they are there to protect them.
    Although I appreciate your patriotism, and even more your service to our nation through the most honorable USMC, the FBI has a long history of keeping tabs on american citizens. Hoover ran a blackmail empire, I believe it was for the good of the nation at the time, it was still blackmail.
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    Originally posted by TallGuyLittleCar
    the FBI has a long history of keeping tabs on american citizens. Hoover ran a blackmail empire, I believe it was for the good of the nation at the time, it was still blackmail.
    Hoover was a looney, he thought it was for the good of his position in the system rather than for the nation... but anyway, i hope the FBI has come some way since then, but still, i agree, allowing the FBI to use powers like these indiscriminately, without having to reference an outside source, like a senate group or judge, is just asking for abuse.

    anyone else read 'the cold six thousand'? Great book

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    I heard hoover measured people's heads to find out how intelligent they were for his appointed positions....

    TRUE?!? FALSE?!?

    Anyway, if that rule was still in effect, I'd be secretary of state.

    (got a huge head)

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    hadn't heard that but I wouldn't be surprised if it were true, he was a loon.

    a lot of people compare him to howard hughes, a paranoid loner.

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    what do you expect from a paranoid cross-dresser?

    just had this very same discussion via IM with novak, and my statements still stand. I have no problems with a system that's out there sampling for key words and occurences. It's a widely known "rumor" that books you check out are subject to FBI scrutiny.

    so be it. I don't think "3 little pigs" or James Gleick's Chaos will land me on any list of any concern.

    however, if all of my information is subject to retrieval, then what happens if you get some looney toon that thinks that anybody researching spiders is secretly planning to take over the world with some new "spider bomb" or something idiotic.

    I'm also not afraid of what information is out there about me. only illegal thing I've done was drink a beer before 21.

    terrorist indeed.

    but I don't want all of my information made available without my knowledge. sorta like... why have walls?

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    Originally posted by gerbick
    I'm also not afraid of what information is out there about me. only illegal thing I've done was drink a beer before 21.
    yeah but what happens if an evil english guy paid by a evil organistion tries to frame you and destroy your life by deletign all your records from government databases.

    it could happen, look at sandra bullock in 'the net'

    scary.

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    No one should have a problem with this new law.. why? Because unless you are a terrorist or do something to make the FBI think you are, they won't be invading your privacy at all..

    It's not like they are going to see Joe Schmoe driving his Kia Sedona down a 2 lane highway 3 mph over the speed limit wearing a blue shirt and decide they have to run a complete background check, bank record listing and family tree..

    If you keep it clean, then you're fine.. People get pissed off because of stricter laws and tougher penalties, well guess what.. until it goes back to 1950 and I can leave for work all day long without having to worry about locking my door, I say pass as many laws as you can.. Sorry if I no longer feel like wondering if today is the day some random guy is going to shoot me for my $1.40..
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    Originally posted by marknovak
    Can we agree human live is worth more than your privacy?

    The Patriot act was passed to stop terrorists, the FBI isn't out to keep tabs on every american citizen, they are there to protect them.

    Terrorists swap information on the internet... the FBI is looking to stop this by means of interruption... why? The terrorists use this information to kill in mass numbers.

    Put it into perspective. I forfit my privacy to protect others, I have nothing to hide.
    Well, first off you are assuming that my privacy doesn't in some way protect another's life; witness protection, private investigation, potential legal challenges to gov. authority suddenly become meaningless if they can't be kept under raps. Doesn't take an entire failure of the system either, just one guy who realizes he can make a fortune selling this info under the table.

    Unlike you, my friend, I don't have blind faith in a government organization just because; remember Hansen? Remember the laptops and weapons that couldn't be accounted for? The FBI is far from perfect (as is every gov. agency) and to give them unlimited powers like this is a bad, bad idea.

    I have no problem with the FBI scouring the internet for keywords like 'jihad' and 'sour milk'; there is no resonable assumption of privacy when you post something on the net. But when they have the ability to tap phones without warrents and conduct searches without telling you (before or after) it's crossing a pretty clear line.
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