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Hundreds of New Documents Reveal Expanded Military Role in Domestic Surveillance

By Kristopher A. Nelson in

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American Civil Liberties Union – Hundreds of New Documents Reveal Expanded Military Role in Domestic Surveillance:

New documents uncovered as a result of an American Civil Liberties Union and New York Civil Liberties Union lawsuit reveal that the Department of Defense secretly issued hundreds of national security letters (NSLs) to obtain private and sensitive records of people within the United States without court approval. A comprehensive analysis of 455 NSLs issued after 9/11 shows that the Defense Department seems to have collaborated with the FBI to circumvent the law, may have overstepped its legal authority to obtain financial and credit records, provided misleading information to Congress, and silenced NSL recipients from speaking out about the records requests, according to the ACLU.

Note that all of the documents obtained by the ACLU are at: www.aclu.org/safefree/nationalsecurityletters/32088res20071014.html