WASHINGTON -- The FBI sought personal information on thousands of Americans last year from banks, Internet service providers and other companies without having to seek approval from a court, according to new data released by the Justice Department.
In a report to the top leaders of both parties in the House, the department disclosed that the FBI had issued more than 9,200 "national security letters," or NSLs, seeking detailed information about more than 3,500 U.S. citizens or legal residents in 2005.
The report, released late Friday, represents the first official count of NSL use. It was required under legislation that extended the USA Patriot Act antiterrorism law.
3500 U.S. citizens seems like a huge number when you actually look at it in black and white. That’s 3500 people that the FBI has been monitoring, without oversight and any guarantee that civil liberties have been upheld. The right is still claiming that you have nothing to worry about if you do nothing wrong, but how do we know this, seeing as there is no oversight to make sure that this is true?
I still cannot believe that we Americans have allowed this to happen.