Thursday, March 06, 2008

The FBI Is Watching You

And listening to you and--coming soon to a government office near you!--feeling the bumps on your head and cataloging the anatomy and physiology of your nether regions.

WASHINGTON - The FBI acknowledged Wednesday it improperly accessed Americans' telephone records, credit reports and Internet traffic in 2006, the fourth straight year of privacy abuses resulting from investigations aimed at tracking terrorists and spies.

But it's all good because the breach was caused, in part, by banks, telecommunication companies and other private businesses giving the FBI more personal client data than was requested and, in part, by FBI agent error and shoddy record-keeping.

'Cause as long as corporate servility and FBI incompetence, as opposed to criminal misconduct, are behind the government's inexorable creep into our private lives, we've nothing to fear.



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