Well, it looks like the FBI’s ability to abuse the Patriot Act. Well,
ok, so maybe they wont actually lose that ability, but from the looks of
things, I’d say that they’re likely to lose some of the authority
they’ve been abusing.

I only hope that Congress DOES revise the Patriot Act as Rep. Jerrold
Nadler suggested.

Lawmakers
threaten FBI over spy powers

WASHINGTON — Republicans and Democrats sternly warned the FBI on
Tuesday that it could lose its broad power to collect telephone,
e-mail and financial records to hunt terrorists after revelations of
widespread abuses of the authority detailed in a recent internal
investigation.

Their threats came as the Justice Department’s chief watchdog,
Glenn A. Fine, told a House panel that the FBI engaged in widespread
and serious misuse of its authority in illegally collecting the
information from Americans and foreigners through so-called national
security letters.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y) hits the anil on the head…

"We do not trust government always to be run by angels, especially
not this administration," Nadler said. "It is not enough to mandate
that the FBI fix internal management problems and recordkeeping,
because the statute itself authorizes the unchecked collection of
information on innocent Americans."

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