Checking up on our "communities of interest"
Records obtained by the New York Times show that the FBI not only demanded information on American individuals from telecommunications providers in "national security letters," but also expected information on people their subjects associated with, called one's "community of interest." The practice was recently discontinued.
[C]ommunity of interest data might include an analysis of which people the targets called most frequently, how long they generally talked and at what times of day, sudden fluctuations in activity, geographic regions that were called, and other data, law enforcement and industry officials said.
and here we thought the bush administration couldn't possibly be any more out of control... the level of criminality is positively breathtaking... Submit To Propeller
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