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Thursday, July 21, 2005
Billmon. Here's a small sample:
This is probably a good time to remind people what Section 215 gives the government the power to do: * Order any person or entity to turn over "any tangible things," so long as the FBI specifies that the order is part of an authorized terrorism or intelligence investigation. * Obtain personal data, including medical records, without any specific facts connecting those records to a foreign terrorist. * Prohibit doctors and insurance companies from disclosing to their patients that their medical records have been seized by the government. * Obtain library and book store records, including lists of books checked out, without any specific facts connecting the records to a foreign agent or terrorist. * Obtain private financial records without a court order, and without notification to the person involved. * Conduct intelligence investigations of both United States citizens and permanent residents without probable cause, or even reasonable grounds to believe that they are engaged in criminal activity or are agents of a foreign power.
Seriously, go read the whole thing. What's that curse? May you live in interesting times. Yep, these are interesting times, all right.

7/21/2005 09:30:00 PM :: ::
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