Wednesday, April 2, 2008

ACLU CHARGES MILITARY USING FBI TO SPY ON AMERICANS

AP The military is using the FBI to skirt legal restrictions on domestic surveillance to obtain the private records of Americans' Internet service providers, financial institutions and telephone companies, the ACLU said. The American Civil Liberties Union based its conclusion on a review of more than 1,000 documents turned over by the Department of Defense after it sued the agency last year for documents related to national security letters, or NSLs, investigative tools used to compel businesses to turn over customer information without a judge's order or grand jury subpoena. . .

Goodman, a staff attorney with the ACLU National Security Project, said the military is allowed to demand financial and credit records in certain instances but does not have the authority to get e-mail and phone records or lists of Web sites that people have visited. She said that is the kind of information that the FBI can get by using an NSL.

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