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#1 Jan 03 2004 at 10:32 AM Rating: Decent
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"On December 13, when U.S. forces captured Saddam Hussein, President George W. Bush not only celebrated with his national security team, but also pulled out his pen and signed into law a bill that grants the FBI sweeping new powers.

while most Americans watched as Hussein was probed for head lice, few were aware that the FBI had just obtained the power to probe their financial records, even if the feds don't suspect their involvement in crime or terrorism.

the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004, a legislative behemoth that funds all the intelligence activities of the federal government. The Act included a simple,{REDACTED}, redefinition of "financial institution," which previously referred to banks, but now includes stockbrokers, car dealerships, casinos, credit card companies, insurance agencies, jewelers, airlines, the U.S. Post Office, and any other business "whose cash transactions have a high degree of usefulness in criminal, tax, or regulatory matters."

Congress passed the legislation around Thanksgiving.

the Bush administration is ramping up provisions within the 2001 USA Patriot Act, which granted the FBI the authority to obtain client records from banks by merely requesting the records in a "National Security Letter." To get the records, the FBI doesn't have to appear before a judge, nor demonstrate "probable cause"

Moreover, the National Security Letters are attached with a gag order, preventing any financial institution from informing its clients that their records have been surrendered to the FBI. If a financial institution breaches the gag order, it faces criminal penalties. And finally, the FBI will no longer be required to report to Congress how often they have used the National Security Letters.

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#2 Jan 03 2004 at 1:43 PM Rating: Good
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More of the same crap from Bush's lackeys in the House. Rewrite a bill under cover of darkness, then don't tell the Dems where/when the conference will be, and LOCK THE DOOR and pass it without letting them in. Once you have a conference report, to change it would be to have to return to square one---rewrite the bill, and then things don't get funded. It's evil genius.

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#3 Jan 03 2004 at 4:54 PM Rating: Decent
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I'm still waiting for the part where you say:

"Your mission, should you choose to accept it...."


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