Home     Writers     Op/Ed     Book Reviews     News     Bookstore     Photoshops     Submit     Search     Contact Us     Advertise  
  You are here: 





Inspector General: High-Ranking Fbi Officials Approved Illegal Searches
Friday, 14 March 2008 06:39
ATLANTIC FREE PRESS (Netherlands): Today the Department of Justice Inspector General's office has released yet another report confirming that the highest ranking FBI counterterrorism officials violated the Patriot Act when authorizing warrantless searches of over 3000 phone numbers through the use of National Security Letters ("NSL"). These Letters, authorized under the Patriot Act, permit FBI managers to sign search warrants without judicial notification or approval.

Buried on pages 129-30 of today's report, the Inspector General found:
"More troubling, 11 blanket NSL's issued by [FBI] Headquarters officials in 2006 that sought telephone data on 3,860 telephone numbers did not comply with the Patriot Reauthorization Act requirements respecting these provisions, internal FBI policy, or both. We are concerned by the failure of senior Counterterrorism Division officials to comply with statutory requirements and internal policy regarding the issuance of NSL's and their failure to consult legal counsel."
The officials who signed the National Security Letters include the two highest ranking FBI counterterrorism managers, the current Assistant Director for Counterterrorism and Executive Assistant Director for Counterterrorism.

Stephen M. Kohn, the President of the National Whistleblower Center, issued the following statements:
"The FBI continues to make grave errors within its counterterrorism program. These mistakes threaten both individual civil liberties and national security. It is unacceptable that over six years after the 9/11 attacks the FBI still does not understand basic rules governing counterterrorism operations. The FBI and Department of Justice have refused to listen to internal whistleblowers who have documented numerous problems within the counterterrorism program which threaten the safety of every American. Although the Inspector General has again documented problems with the abuses of the NSLs, they have refused to order changes in basic FBI policies which caused the NSL violations."
Mr. Kohn represents Bassem Youssef, the highest ranking Arab American FBI agent employed within the FBI's Counterterrorism Division. According to a report issued by the Department of Justice Office of Professional Responsibility, the FBI illegally retaliated against Mr. Youssef after he reported deficiencies in the counterterrorism program to Congress and the Director of the FBI. On January 12, 2008, Mr. Youssef addressed a convention of the American Library Association and explained how the lack of subject matter expertise within the FBI was the root cause of the FBI's NSL fiasco.

Since 1988 the NWC has championed whistleblower protection. The NWC is currently supporting FBI Whistleblower Bassem Youssef, who has reported serious misconduct in the War on Terror, and the NWC is currently assisting Bunnatine Greenhouse (the former Army Corps of Engineers top contracting officer who opposed the no-bid multi billion dollar contracts awarded to Halliburton for the reconstruction of Iraq)

For more information, please visit www.whistleblowers.org and www.whistleblowersblog.org.

Known and very popular cialis coupon which gives all the chance to receive a discount for a preparation which has to be available and exactly cialis coupons has been found in the distant room of this big house about which wood-grouses in the houses tell.

More from this author:
Henry Rollins- "Freedom is under attack" (10898 Hits)
by Richard Kastelein A paranoid passenger seated next to former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins got nervous on a flight to Brisbane when he saw...
American Manifesto (13631 Hits)
Steve is a New Englander, an educated man. He's been released from jail just a few hours before the rendezvous with the camera, late at ... all ยป...
Help "Help Africa" (8043 Hits)
by Michael Wills (British MP for North Swindon.) It looked unstoppable. In 2004, the draft EU Constitution contained a little noticed...
Saddam Hanging Video - The Execution of Hussein who was Hung Yesterday (14531 Hits)
Saddam may have killed thousands of Iraqis. He may have gassed the Kurds. He may have looked the other way when his 2 sons raped and murdered...
Blogswarm in Action - KSFO Radio - Racist, Repugnant and now being Ravaged by the Blogosphere (11393 Hits)
Guest Article by Mike Stark Most of you know that Disney owns ABC. ABC, of course, owns the ABC Radio Network. Finally, ABCRN owns KSFO, a...
Related Articles:
Illegal Procedure: The Quick and the Dead (6577 Hits)
by Chris Floyd The execution of Saddam Hussein is necessary, we are told, in order to re-establish the principles of law and order and justice...
V-I Day is Close at Hand: New Oil Law Approved in Bushist Baghdad (6455 Hits)
by Chris Floyd Iraqi Cabinet Approves Draft of Oil Law (New York Times) I may be writing more on this later, if I have the stomach for...
Pelosi, Rockefeller knew about and approved of waterboarding (4455 Hits)
by Weldon Berger No wonder incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared impeachment off limits last year. She can't impeach Bush and Cheney...
CIA Insider: CIA Blackmailed Officials So "Bush Family" Could Profit From War (6909 Hits)
by Stephen Lendman Information for this article comes from long-time business, finance and political writer and analyst Bob Chapman who...
DOJ Official: Rumsfeld Personally Approved of Brutal Interrogations (5484 Hits)
by Jason Leopold Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld personally authorized the use of brutal interrogation techniques against suspected...

Add this page to your favorite Social Bookmarking websites
Comments (1)add comment

msfreeh said:

for a partial list of crimes committed by FBI agents (100 PAGES LONG)see
click on home in upper left
click on forum in upper right
scroll down to FBI WATCH
March 14, 2008
Votes: +0

Write comment
smaller | bigger



Top 123