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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 09:54 PM
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FBI admits to wiretapping wrong numbers

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9546933 /

FBI admits to wiretapping wrong numbers
Patriot Act critics irked by mistakes made during terrorism investigations

WASHINGTON - The FBI says it sometimes gets the wrong number when it intercepts conversations in terrorism investigations, an admission critics say underscores a need to revise wiretap provisions in the Patriot Act.

The FBI would not say how often these mistakes happen. And, though any incriminating evidence mistakenly collected is not legally admissible in a criminal case, there is no way of knowing whether it is used to begin an investigation.

Parts of the Patriot Act, including a section on roving wiretaps, expire in December. Such wiretaps allow the FBI to get permission from a secret federal court to listen in on any phone line or monitor any Internet account that a terrorism suspect may be using, whether or not others who are not suspects also regularly use it.

The bureaus acknowledgment that it makes mistakes in some wiretaps although not specifically roving wiretaps came in a recent Justice Department inspector generals report on the FBIs backlog of intercepted but unreviewed foreign-language conversations.


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skooooo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 09:56 PM
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1. They've probably been tapping 1-900 sex phone lines...
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HysteryDiagnosis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:09 PM
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2. Beat me to it..... you dickens you.... :)
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 10:57 PM
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3. Oopsie...their bad.
I hope they've suffered through a lot of conversations between teenage girls talking ad nauseum about boys, other girls, clothes and makeup.
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DBoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 10:15 AM
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6. Sexist!
I bet they ACTUALLY suffered through middle aged dudes talking about football, hunting trips and prostate conditions.
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 08:16 PM
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7. LOL!
Admittedly, I haven't met many FBI agents, but all the ones I have met probably would have been interested in chats about football, hunting and prostates. Having once been a teenage girl myself, I know first hand how excruciating those conversations can be. Those years can be very dramatic.
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-30-05 11:02 PM
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4. Gang that couldn't shoot straight
Yet ANOTHER example of gross incompetence, it is so frequent, it is getting to be the American norm.
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VegasWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 12:04 AM
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5. Oops! Didn't know that was the number of MoveOn.org we tapped! Our bad!
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Walt Starr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-01-05 08:45 PM
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8. TRANSLATION: The FBI goes on fishing expeditions n/t
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