Archive for the 'FBI' Category

Public Comment Period On Feds DNA Collection Plans Ends May 19

Recently I wrote about the feds wanting to collect DNA from everybody arrested.  Well, I saw an EFF story that says the public comment period for this proposed rule will end on May 19, 2008.  It’s important to get as much input on this topic against allowing this wholesale collection of DNA from innocent people. […]

Feds To Collect DNA From Everybody Arrested

Given the track record of federal agencies going out of their way to gain power they shouldn’t have, this news isn’t exactly a surprise.  The Feds have finally managed to pull off something that I know they’ve been wanting to do for a long time.  They’re planning to collect DNA samples from everybody arrested by […]

Big Surprise: The FBI Lied To Get Power To Use National Security Letters

This news isn’t exactly a surprise given the FBI’s known history of misuse of power.  Including the power to issue National Security Letters. A NSL is different that a normal subpoena in two important ways.  First, they do not require probable cause and they don’t have to get a judge to sign off on it.  […]

More FBI Privacy Violations

In the “It seems like this stuff is getting more frequent all the time” department it seems that there’s another round of the FBI admitting that they’ve once again been improperly using “Security letters” to get access to phone and Internet records of U.S. citizens.  (This time they’re talking about events that happened in 2006.) […]