FBI Director: Oops! We broke the law

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Mar 12, 2007 FBI Director: Oops! We broke the law

Let’s not return to (or remain with) the dark ages of J. Edgar Hoover. (Image from Library of Congress.)

It is not enough that the FBI Director and Attorney General admit that the FBI violated Patriot Act limits on domestic spying multiple times, nor that they claim they will fix the problem. The admitted violations are severe enough damage.

This FBI gaffe comes from a presidential administration that doesn’t give much of a damn about the Fourth Amendment in the first place. Letting law enforcement folks — especially those answerable to George Bush II — decide on their search authority without seeking court permission is like letting foxes guard the henhouse. Jon Katz.

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