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suffragette Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-14-08 06:58 PM
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40. Follow-up on seizure of library computers
Recall that the FBI seized computers from Frederick library and the librarian let them, even though they had no search warrant.

Found an update from 8/8/08 that notes that the FBI later got a warrant (seems they decided they needed it to actually look at the contents of the hard drive).

Apparently they released the affidavits the day after the huge document dump.

Interesting that I still haven't seen anything concrete about what they found.

What I have seen are what the FBI agents noted/alleged as reasons for their suspicion:
According to the affidavits (via Frederick News-Post: 1, 2) supporting the requests for warrants, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, FBI Special Agent Marlo Arredondo said that on July 24, FBI agents tracking Ivins watched him for 90 minutes while he used two computers at the C. Burr Artz Public Library. While using the computers, Ivins was seen to examine e-mail accounts and look at a web site "dedicated to the Anthrax Investigation."

Yikes, I just did both those things myself!

And I'm just really noticing some points from the affidavit:
The affidavits say that the FBI seeks "electronic communications, electronic documents, internet activity, and stored writings identifying a plan to kill witnesses or names of intended victims, suicide letters, or any other relevant electronic data."

"Suicide letters" Hmmmm. What were they looking for and what, if anything, have they found?

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