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Irish_shark Donating Member (133 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-25-10 07:53 PM
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Obama administration defends FBI's illegal search of Americans' phone records (McClatchy)
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Edited on Mon Jan-25-10 07:55 PM by Irish_shark
McClatchy (1-25-2009): WASHINGTON Although the FBI has acknowledged it improperly obtained thousands of Americans' phone records for years, the Obama administration continues to assert that the bureau can obtain them without any formal legal process or court oversight.

The FBI revealed this stance in a newly released report, troubling critics who'd hoped the bureau had been chastened enough by its own abuses to drop such a position.

In further support of the legal authority, however, the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel backed the FBI in a written opinion issued this month.

The opinion by the OLC the section that wrote the memos that justified enhanced interrogation techniques during the last administration appears to be yet another sign that the Obama administration can be just as assertive as Bush's in claiming sweeping and controversial anti-terrorism powers.


Much more detail here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/251/story/82879.html
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