” The Justice Department sought the authority to spy on several thousand “United States persons” in 2012, according to a letter the department recently sent to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.
“These sought information pertaining to 6,233 different United States persons,” wrote Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik in the letter.
The report does not specify how many of these National Security Letter requests were granted. The requests differ from typical subpoenas, because they seek only non-content information (such as phone numbers, instead of the content of phone conversations) and do not require approval from the judicial branch. “
- Surveillance State Unchecked: Secret Spy Court Rejected Zero Requests in 2012 (dissenter.firedoglake.com)
- Holder Personally Approved Seizing AP Phone Records (patdollard.com)
- Three Questions about Government Spying on the Press (cato.org)
- Harry Reid Slams Obama Admin: ‘I Have Trouble Defending What The Justice Department Did’ (patdollard.com)
- DOJ Asks D.C. Circuit to Keep Surveillance Law Memo Secret (legaltimes.typepad.com)
- Progressives to Obama: Say it ain’t so (tv.msnbc.com)
- Obama Supporters Suggest Holder May Need to Take a Fall to Correct Course of Presidency (joemiller.us)