On Tuesday, Republicans and Democrats sternly warned the FBI that it could lose its broad power to collect telephone, e-mail, and financial records to hunt terrorists, after widespread abuses of authority have been brought to the public's attention.
The Justice Department's chief watchdog, Glenn A. Fine, told the House Judiciary Committee that the FBI engaged in widespread and serious misuse of its authority in illegally collecting the information from Americans and foreigners through so-called national security letters. She found more than 700 cases in which FBI agents obtained records through "exigent letters" which asserted that grand jury subpoenas were requested for the data, when such subpoenas were never sought.
In 2001, the Patriot Act eliminated any requirement to obtain records belonging to someone under suspicion — meaning, an innocent person's records can be obtained if FBI field agents consider them merely relevant to an ongoing terrorism or spying investigation. READ MORE
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Here's What FOX Fans Are Saying:
"Considering how the Democrats will do any thing to bring down this Administration, and the fact we have not had an attack on this country in five years, I wouldn't change anything. The president is responsible for 300 million people to protect — I say keep up the good work, It seems to be working." — Katie
"I think the Patriot Act should be revised. Such things as subpoenas and warrants exist to safeguard against the sort of abuses reported by the FBI. Streamlining our ability gain information is fine, but we need ensure proper channels are followed. How can we convict the guilty if evidence is inadmissible due to fraudulent information-gathering?" — Matthew
"The FBI should be allowed to intercept and investigate whatever its believes is required to protect the United States from terrorists." — George
"America's security is vital. This war on terrorism is a continuing issue that needs do diligence. You can't negotiate or believe anything a radicals say when their respective religions tell them to lie." — Sally
"So many have died for our liberty, so many died to secure liberty, and many are dying now for liberty. It's a real shame that there are many among us today that are so willing to throw some of it away. The old excuse that, 'I have nothing to hide,' is not the point. You should never submit to being illegally searched or looked into." — Eric
"NO, I do not think that the Patriot Act should not be revised. If you do not have anything to hide, why worry. So far, it seems to have kept America safe from terrorist attacks." — Billy
"Yes I think it should. This act was also responsible for Bank America being able to give credit cards to illegal aliens. Close the loopholes." — Ginger
"I firmly believe if it's working, why change it? The liberals would like to change it and then try to blame President Bush for its problems. " — Millie
"I feel we need very strict laws relative to the terror threat we face today. I am very concerned that the Washington politicians are going to tie the hands of the FBI and other agencies. The Patriot Act is something we need. If you are not doing anything wrong, then you have no concern in what is being done. Before 9/11, Americans thought we were immune from attack on our land, but now we know that is not the case. We are vulnerable and I am sure we will see this happen again especially if we stop these agencies from doing what needs to be done. I do believe any agent who misuses these laws should be punished to the full extent of the law as they have become criminals as well." — Dave
"What is more important to our national security — utilizing every resource we have available to hunt down terrorist who want to kill us, or the FBI listening in on my calls planning our next family outing? I just don't understand the hysteria over invasion of privacy, to the point of where we have castrated our intelligence gathering capabilities. What are these critics trying to hide? I just want my children protected — even if it means the FBI knows I'm the one bringing dessert!" — Brad
"I am fed up with the DFL and RINO micro managing the war, our Homeland Security, our federal investigative branches, and our military. they get paid to govern not investigate there are branches of the government for this sort of action — we have a system of checks and balances in our country that keeps everything in balance. Unfortunately, when you get a group of lawyers together they need to litigate … after all, that is what they are trained to do. It is time for them to stop passing laws to enforce laws and get on with running the country." — Jay