I don’t need to say anything further than what StarNewsOnline said here:
Feds spying on Americans
Without getting approval from a grand jury or judge, the FBI has snooped tens of thousands of times a year on the phone calls, e-mails and financial records of Americans and visitors.
It’s doubtful that’s what most Americans had in mind when they told pollsters they’d be willing to give up some privacy after 9/11.
This isn’t some. This is massive domestic spying.
Are we really supposed to believe that in 2005, it was necessary for federal agents to demand private information 47,000 times? And that 47,000 times it would have been too much trouble to let a judge review the request? Apparently we are.
These chilling figures came to light during an internal Justice Department investigation of how well the FBI has complied with the law. The inspector general found potential problems with almost a quarter of the requests.
No surprise. History teaches that if you give government officials the power to do things in secret, they will go overboard. They will fudge the rules, and if they get away with that, they will forget them.
This snooping authority, of the kind familiar to tyrannies throughout history, was given to the executive branch by us and our elected representatives. It was part of the “Patriot Act.”
This is how frightened people are conned into giving up their liberties.